11th Annual Whalefest MontereyEvent Date:
Jan 30 - Jan 31, 2021 at 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Old Fisherman's Wharf
1 Old Fisherman's Wharf
Monterey, CA 93940
Thanks for your support of Whalefest Monterey. Please donate here
If you were unable to attend the concert, "Serenade of the Whales",
that Nick Fettis performed on Thursday, May 28, as a fundraiser for
Whalefest Monterey and Marine Life Studies, you can go to this You Tube link
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please mail it to Marine Life Studies
with Whalefest Monterey in the memo line..
Please mail to
Marine Life Studies
Moss Landing, CA 95039
Thank you so much and enjoy the concert.
Save the Date! The 11th Annual Whalefest Monterey is scheduled for January 30-31, 2021.
Enjoy the fascinating presentations from Whalefest Monterey Symposiums for the past few years!
Whalefest Monterey 2020 Symposium Links
Saturday, January 25, 2020
William Oestreich, Shirel Rachel Kahane-Rapport, James Andrew Fahlbusch, and Will Taylor Gough--Students from Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford University. "The Formative Stages of Becoming a Whale Researcher"
Paul Michel, MBNMS. "An update on the latest developments concerning the Sanctuary"
Chad King, MBNMS. "Octopus Garden and a Whale Fall: Recent Discoveries in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary"
Welcome. Mary Alice Fettis, Whalefest Committee Chair
Welcome. Mayor Roberson
Julie Packard, Exec Dir. Monterey Bay Aquarium, with Erika Mahoney, KAZU. "If we're talking about saving the planet, we're talking about saving the ocean: A conversation with Julie Packard “
Rear Admiral (ret.) Jon White, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, “Ocean Security: Breaching Challenges Through The Power Of Partnerships”
Colleen Flanigan, Living Sea Sculpture/ UCSC. "Art and Science for Coral Reef Restoration"
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Steve Mandel, Executive Director, Oceans 360. “Using Virtual Reality for Ocean Conservation Education”
Wallace J. Nichols, PH.D., Author Blue Mind. “Whales are Medicine”
Peggy Stap, Marine Life Studies. “Whale Disentanglement by the General Public: Good Intentions, Bad Decisions and Updates of The Whale Entanglement Team (WET)®”
Brandon Southall, Ph.D., Southall Environmental Associates. “Listening to California’s Whales: Acoustic Science to Inform Conservation and Inspire the Next Generation”
Whalefest Monterey 2019 Symposium Links
Here's the link to Saturday's Lectures for Whalefest 2019.
Whalefest Monterey 2019 - Whale Conservation Efforts, California
Whalefest 2019 - Creating Sustainable Fishing Future
Whalefest 2019 - Whale Entanglement Team
Whalefest 2019 - Monterey, Abalone Capitol of the World
Here's the link to Sunday's Lectures for Whalefest 2019
Whalefest 2019 - Ecotourism as a Tool for Marine Conservation
Whalefest 2019 - Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Whalefest 2019 - Shrinking Squid & Climate Change
Whalefest 2019 - Tracking Ecosystem Changes with Seabird Feathers
Whalefest Monterey 2018 Symposium YouTube Links
Elan Porter Hopkins Marine Station: What Can Undesirable Fish in Whale Food Tell Us?
Paul Michel National Marine Sanctuary 2018 Update
Greg Cailliet Moss Landing Marine Lab Below Pacific Tides
Peggy Stap Marine Life Studies WET Saving Whales from Life Threatening Entanglements
Anne Warner Research Scientist Reducing Marine Plastic Pollution
Heirs to Our Oceans
Benyamin Rosental Stanford University
John Pearse Professor Emeritus, University of California, Santa Cruz, “The Strange and Wonderful Sex Life in the Rocky Intertidal”
John Ryan, MBARI & John Joseph, NPS. "The Ocean Soundscape is a Whalefest"
Alison Haupt CSUMB “Integrating Marine Research into the Classroom”
Steve Shimek The Otter Project “You Otter Like this Video”
Whalefest Monterey 2017 Your Sanctuary TV link to all of this year’s You Tube presentations
Whalefest Monterey 2016 Your Sanctuary TV link to all of this year’s You Tube presentations
Check out all of the details from our 10th Annual Whalefest Monterey on January 25-26, 2020 below. The Symposium details can be found here
10th Annual Whalefest Monterey Expands and Announces New Updates: Additional Locations, Symposium Presenters, Exhibits, Activities, Musicians and More!
This year's Whalefest Monterey is expanding to the Monterey Conference Center, Custom House Plaza-Monterey State Historic Park, the Causeway and along Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf.
The Monterey Bay Whale Watching Capital of the World
Monterey, CA. January 21, 2020. Don’t miss it! Monterey’s Old Fisherman's Wharf Association presents the 10th Annual Whalefest Monterey to be held at and around Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Custom House Plaza – Monterey State Historic Park and inside the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, California, The Whale Watching Capital of the World™ on Saturday, January 25th and Sunday, January 26th, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
This free, fun and educational interactive family event for all ages celebrates the biodiversity of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and much more! The event, which features a 2-day Symposium with world-renowned marine experts and dozens of exhibit booths, benefits many local and national marine organizations that educate, inspire, and empower the public to protect the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS).
Enlightening and edutaining interactive exhibits at the upcoming 10th Annual Whalefest Monterey will be located along the Wharf, Causeway, Custom House Plaza – Monterey State Historic Park and the Monterey Conference Center. There will be dozens of marine related exhibits by numerous local organizations: American Cetacean Society, California Coastal Commission, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Marine Sanctuary Foundation, California State Parks, Camp SEA Lab, City of Monterey Sustainability Office, Code Ninjas Monterey, Communities for Sustainable Monterey County, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Friends of the Monterey Public Library, Greenfield Community Science Workshop, Hess Design, Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford University, Marine Life Studies, Monterey Academy Oceanographic Scientists (MAOS), Monterey Bay Aquarium Underwater Explorers, Moss Landing Marine Lab Animal Training and Research Intl./SLEWTHS , Monterey Bay Community Power, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS), Monterey Fire Department, Monterey Regional Waste Management District, Oceans 360, Peter Fettis, Save the Whales, Save Our Shores, Sea Otter Savvy, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society – Nor Cal Chapter, Seafloor Science ROV, Squid 4 Kids- Hopkins Marine Lab at Stanford University, Student Oceanography Club/ Girl Scouts, Surfrider Foundation, The Marine Mammal Center, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Ventana Wildlife Society, Yacht Club of the Monterey Peninsula and more.
The 10th Annual Whalefest Monterey Symposium, held both days at the Monterey Conference Center, will include these outstanding presentations by renowned marine science researchers. (Subject to change)
· Julie Packard, Founder and Executive Director, Monterey Bay Aquarium, with Erika Mahoney, KAZU. "If we're talking about saving the planet, we're talking about saving the ocean: A conversation with Julie Packard"
· Wallace J. Nichols, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Author Blue Mind, "Whales are Medicine"
· Paul Michel, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Superintendent, "An Update on the Latest Developments Concerning the Sanctuary"
· Sarah Conner, Documentary Producer/Director, BBC, Netflix. “The Positive Impacts from Science and Natural History Documentaries” A behind the scene look at how landmark science and natural history documentary series are made, including the efforts teams make to support science and raise awareness of important issues
· Chad King, "Octopus Garden and a Whale Fall: Recent Discoveries in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary"
· Rear Admiral (ret.) Jon White, Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
“Ocean Security: Breaching Challenges Through The Power Of Partnerships”
· Peggy Stap, Director Marine Life Studies & Whale Entanglement Team (WET)® “Whale Disentanglement by the General Public: Good Intentions, Bad Decisions and Updates of The Whale Entanglement Team”
· Steve Mandel, Oceans 360, "Using Virtual Reality for Ocean Conservation Education"
· Brandon Southall, Southall Environmental Associates "Listening to California’s Whales: Acoustic Science to Inform Conservation and Inspire the Next Generation"
· Colleen Flannigan, Living Sea Sculpture / UCSC, "Art and Science for Coral Reef Restoration"
· Students from Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford University, "The Formative Stages of Becoming a Whale Researcher"
In addition, Save the Whales returns with Dee, the 43-foot inflatable whale model people can go inside of and see its internal organs, this year located inside the Monterey Conference Center, and photo ops with costumed creatures roaming the area.
There will be four boats at the California Dock at Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf including the Current’Sea (Marine Life Studies research and WET® vessel), the Coast Guard's5 43’ foot boat, the Sheila B. research vessel from Moss Landing Marine Lab and The Pearl (Monterey Fire Boat).
Monterey Abalone Company will host Abalone Races in front of Big Fish Grill and Moss Landing Marine Labs will be the non-profit recipient. Monterey Bay Whale Watching will host scrimshaw-making using soap. ACF Chef Tene Shake will conduct cooking demos in front of Abalonetti Bar and Grill. Discovery Whale Watching/J & M Fishing will host Gyotaku, the Japanese art of stenciling fish. Both Princess Monterey Whale Watching and Monterey Bay Whale Watch will have informative booths about whales and whale watching on the Wharf.
On the Causeway and on Custom House Plaza will be Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club boats, US Coast Guard's 29’ foot boat, US Coast Guard Auxiliary exhibit, COASTIE, the Safety Boat, sailboats from the Monterey Yacht Club and the Science Seafloor ROV.
Maritime Historian Tim Thomas will conduct two 90-minute free Wharf Walks at 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday. (Meet outside of Harbor House at the head of the Wharf).
There will also be a variety of live musical entertainment at the head of the Wharf, including the Orchestra in the Schools String Quartet, Stevenson School Bands, Del Monte Brass, Klevr Band, Monterey High Jazz Bands, Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band and Jonah & the Whale Watchers. Inside the Monterey Conference Center this year, there will be more musicians, including Richard Carr, Michael Martinez, Mads Tolling, Derrol Keith, Mark Richardson, Stu Heydon and Nicholas Fettis & His "Orca"stra.