Monterey Bay Whale Watch is sponsoring a fund-raising
whale-watching boat trip for the Monterey Bay Chapter of the American
Cetacean Society (ACS/MB) on Saturday, August 16, 2008. Proceeds from
this trip will benefit ACS/MB's educational programs and research grants
to local graduate students.
Local distinguished naturalists will be on board to offer explanations
and background information concerning the marine mammals, birds and
other creatures encountered. Highlights of recent summer/fall whale
watching trips include sightings of blue whales, humpback whales, Dall's
porpoises riding the bow wave, Pacific white-sided dolphins, minke whales,
and numerous common dolphins. Sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters
are among the other marine mammals frequently spotted. Birds likely
to be seen include pelicans, gulls, cormorants, common murres, black-footed
albatross, sooty and pink-footed shearwaters, phalaropes and terns.
Leatherback turtles have also been seen, as well as close-up views of
ocean sunfish (mola mola).
Cetaceans, pinnipeds and seabirds will be the subjects of data collection
as it is done every day by Monterey Bay Whale Watch naturalists. Activities
offered by members of the Scientific Advisory Board of ACS/MB will include
use of hydrophones, plankton dips to study food sources, photography
skills for identification, and artifacts to help us visualize. Passengers
might take part in these research elements or simply help spot whales.
The cost is $50 per person for ACS members and non-members. Boarding
is at 8:30 a.m. The cruise will depart from Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey
at 9 a.m. and return at 1:30 p.m. Note: Our normal reservation form
should not be used to sign up for this trip. See the ACS/MB
website for additional information.