Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf to Hold 4th Annual Whalefest Monterey

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Don't Miss Whalefest Monterey in the Whale Watching Capital of the World! Inspire - Educate - Explore - Empower - Protect Our Beautiful Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Whale's Tail in the Monterey Bay California

Whale's Tail - 4th Annual Monterey Whalefest

According to Mary Alice Cerrito Fettis, President of Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf Association, "We welcome everyone to enjoy and learn more about our beautiful Monterey Bay at our 4th Annual Monterey Whalefest!"

To the delight of thousands of whale watchers, hundreds of humpback whales, orcas, dolphins and pelicans have been feasting recently on an amazing invasion of anchovies in the Monterey Bay, located in Monterey, California. A very special festival celebrates its 4th year in Monterey building more awareness about the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, helping to educate, inspire, empower and protect it. Don't miss a free fun family event for all ages that celebrates the Monterey Bay, Old Fisherman's Wharf, and whales, while benefiting many local and national marine organizations.

On Saturday, January 25 and 26, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, the Monterey Old Fisherman's Wharf Association ( will hold the 4th Annual WHALEFEST MONTEREY at and around Fisherman’s Wharf, 1 Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, CA. This popular event celebrates the migration of the gray whales. It is designed to educate and inspire the public about many of the outstanding marine organizations that are involved in the Monterey Bay area and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Among the highlights will be lectures related to ocean and marine life conservation presented at the Museum of Monterey (MoM) Theater, documentary movies sponsored by BLUE Ocean Festival organizers and book signings by some of the participating authors. There will be musical and theatrical performances with a maritime theme, and many educational displays by participating organizations. Thousands of attendees are expected again this year that range from local families and school children who want to learn more about our maritime environment to visitors from near and far who want to explore the annual whale migration. The event will also feature a science credit program for students from university level to schoolchildren.

The two days will feature a wide array of fun and informative activities including:

  • A 60-foot model gray whale (attendees can climb inside)
  • Live musical performances including Barbara Joy Children’s Chorus and Peggy Stap of Marine Life Studies with Whiskie the Whale Spotter™
  • Whale watching trips on Monterey Bay will run all day from the wharf, weather permitting
  • A remote-controlled model sailing regatta by the Monterey Yacht Club
  • Documentaries sponsored by BLUE Ocean Film Festival, Dr. Carol Reeb, and Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf Association on topics that range from squid to whales

There will be fascinating lectures by world renowned scientists including:

  • Dr. Steve Palumbi , Director of Hopkins Marine Station
  • Dr. Carol Reeb, Research Scientist at Hopkins
  • Mr. William Douros, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, NOAA
  • Dr. Michael Vincent McGinnis of Monterey Institute of International Studies

The event will also feature expert panelists including scientists and business leaders Other activities include:

  • An American Cetacean Society Benefit Whale Watch cruise on January 26th at 8:00 am
  • “Sea creatures” from Save the Whales will be interacting with attendees and providing marine and event information
  • Street and beach cleanups by The Wahine Project, Marine Life Studies, and Save Our Shores
  • Sharks and Humbolt Squid will be dissected
  • Mock Whale Disentanglement demonstrations
  • Gyotaku (Japanese fish printing) demonstrations
  • Historic walking tours by maritime historian, Tim Thomas
  • Monterey’s Fire boat will provide a water display
  • U.S. Coast Guard will display Coastie the Tug Boat, its rescue boat
  • Underwater remote camera from MAOS controlled by attendees
  • Local marine photography fundraiser exhibit and drawing at Museum of Monterey (MoM), 5 Custom House Plaza.
  • And much, much more!

Participating Marine Conservation Organizations include

The participating local, national and international marine conservation organizations that will line the Causeway at Old Fisherman’s Wharf will include the following:

  • American Cetacean Society
  • BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit
  • California State Parks
  • Camp SEA Lab
  • Friends of Moss Landing Marine Lab
  • Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University
  • Marine Life Studies
  • Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Science
  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
  • Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation
  • Monterey History and Art Association
  • Monterey Library
  • Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority
  • Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club
  • National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
  • Pacific Shark Research Center
  • Save our Shores
  • Save the Whales
  • Surfrider Foundation – Monterey Chapter
  • The Marine Mammal Center
  • The Otter Project
  • U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Wahine Project

(Note: Participating organizations subject to change)

In addition to Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf Association, sponsors include BLUE, A Global Oceans Film & Conservation Summit, Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Science, California State Parks, and more.

For more information, to volunteer or to become a sponsor, call Bob Massaro at (831) 649-6544 or email Bob at bmassaro(at)bostrommanagement(dot)com and check out the website at

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