2021 - 11th Annual Whalefest Monterey - Virtual

Event Date:
Apr 5 - Mar 20, 2025 at 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Old Fisherman's Wharf
1 Old Fisherman's Wharf
Monterey, CA 93940

Enjoy viewing the 11th Annual Whalefest Monterey (that aired January 26-29, 2021)

View it anytime via You Tube - Click Here

Thank you so much for donating to support Whalefest Monterey. Click Here or Here

View Whalefest Monterey Symposium Presentations below from 2016-2020.

2021 Whalefest Monterey Program Schedule: Click Here

Please stay in touch! To receive updates about other future Whalefest programs, please send your name and email to [email protected] with that request. We'd greatly appreciate your feedback about Whalefest Monterey. Please send your comments about Whalefest Monterey to [email protected] Thank you!

At a Glance - About Whalefest Monterey - January 26-29, 2021 - Click Here


Background Information: Presenters, Exhibitors and Musicians - Click Here


Thank You to our Valued Sponsors:

AquaFina; Arts Council for Monterey County; Fisherman’s Wharf Association;  90.3 KAZU; KMBY; KSBW/ABC/Estrella TV;  Letty Sloma Photography; Marine Life Studies;  Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute; Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary; Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation; Monterey Herald;   John and Marylyn Rallis; Shagbag, Dave Marzetti, KION; The Wecker Group


More about Whalefest Monterey


Whalefest Monterey, a recent recipient of the prestigious Sea Star Award from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, has been held for the past decade as a free, fun and educational interactive public event for all ages on Old Fisherman’s Wharf celebrating the biodiversity of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Traditionally, the event attracts thousands of visitors to Monterey and features a 2-day Symposium in a conference setting with world-renowned marine experts, creative activities, musical entertainment, and dozens of exhibit booths with interactive displays that showcase marine life, educate about ocean related environmental issues, and emphasize sustainability practices. It benefits many local and national marine organizations that educate, inspire, and empower the public to protect the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS). People come from around the world to view the many whales, orcas, dolphins, seals and sea lions, otters and sea birds in Monterey Bay.


For more information about Whalefest Monterey, go to the Whalefest page on www.montereywharf.com or call (831) 238-0777.

Enjoy viewing the Art and Music of Whale Song Fundraiser on YouTube. Click Here

View Whalefest Monterey Symposium Presentations from 2016-2019 via these links below:

Whalefest Monterey 2020 Presentations:

Saturday, January 25, 2020

#1 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"


#2 Paul Michel, MBNMS. "An update on the latest developments concerning the Sanctuary"


#3 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  


#4 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 “


#5 Rear Admiral (ret.) Jon White, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, “Ocean Security: Breaching Challenges Through The Power Of Partnerships”


#6 Colleen Flanigan, Living Sea Sculpture/ UCSC. "Art and Science for Coral Reef Restoration"


Sunday, January 26, 2020

#7 Steve Mandel, Executive Director, Oceans 360. “Using Virtual Reality for Ocean Conservation Education”


#8 Wallace J. Nichols, PH.D., Author Blue Mind. “Whales are Medicine”


#9 Peggy Stap, Marine Life Studies. “Whale Disentanglement by the General Public:  Good Intentions, Bad Decisions and Updates of The Whale Entanglement Team (WET)®” 


#10 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 Presentations 

Whalefest 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.  


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 you tube presentations



Whalefest Monterey 2016 Your Sanctuary TV link to you tube presentations