Marine Mammal Lecture Series
Marine Mammal Lecture Series 10 AM-11 AM at Harpoon Henry’s – This special lecture series from 10 am to 11 AM includes continental breakfast at Harpoon Henry’s. Perfect for those who want a one-on-one educational experience, marine biologists and guests present recent findings on local whales, dolphins and other marine mammals.
March 3 – Kirsten Donald – Director of Education, Pacific Marine Mammal Center – Citizen Science: How to get Involved
Kirsten Donald is a marine mammal scientist whose career started in 1996. Kirsten earned her Master’s degree in Marine Mammal Science from University of Wales in Bangor, Wales UK. Kirsten has been involved in education and research program development, visitor engagement, animal care and training, marine mammal research and population management analyses, conservation efforts as well as marine mammal stranding and rescue efforts including whales and dolphins, manatees, seals and sea lions.
March 4 – Alisa Schulman-Janiger – California Orcas/Gray Whale Census
Alisa is from the California Killer Whale Project and the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Cetacean Society. She will be speaking on two topics: the ACS/LA Gray Whale Census and Behavior Project as well as the killer whales that have been seen in California, whales that she has been studying for over 35 years.
March 10 – Todd Mansur – Gray Whale Foundation
Todd Mansur was born in Laguna Beach and for the past 32 years has had a career on the ocean. Through a variety of experiences he has had the opportunity to observe hundreds of different marine species, both fish and mammals. At the young and impressionable age of 13 he was the only crew member for a 20-passenger operation that fished during the spring, summer and fall. During the winter he crewed for a whale watching operation. This early exposure to Mother Ocean had a huge impact on Todd. At 19 he actually purchased his own vessel and has continued to work on the ocean and enjoy its bounty in many ways, and in turn has generously shared his up close and personal knowledge with thousands. In 1992 he became Dana Wharf Whale Watching’s lead naturalist and conducts all of the pre-excursion in-classroom education for Orange County’s schools. This is also a major role for Todd with the Gray Whale Foundation. Todd is a published author on the topic of marine mammals and does public speaking engagements on the topic.
March 11 – Justin Viezbicke – NOAA Fisheries
Justin Viezbicke is the California Stranding Network and Large Whale Entanglement Response Coordinator for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries. He will be discussing the Whale Entanglement Response Program.
Following the lectures, those who want to continue the experience may board Dana Wharf’s luxurious 63-foot, state-of-the-art, custom-built OCean Adventures Catamaran for a unique adventure departing at 11:30 for 2.5 hours. Featuring a smooth ride and an incredibly spacious viewing deck, this is the perfect vessel for whale and dolphin watching – not to mention a full-service deli-style galley. Hurry, these trips sell out quickly. Our famous “rain check” for marine mammal sightings guarantee applies to these trips as well. Marine Mammal “rain checks” ensure you see a good show of whales or dolphin or your next trip is FREE! Tickets that include the whale watching, lecture and continental breakfast are $55 for adults, $35 for seniors and children 3–12, and children 2 and under are always FREE!