PRESENTED BY WHALE TRUST
A Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Signature Event
MARCH 26-27 LIVE STREAM EVENTRegister Now!
It's not to late to register for access to the virtual event! Your registration includes access to the live-stream (archived post-event weekend), on-demand library, education expo, and keiki corner for 60 days.
If you have registered for the event, check your email for access details. If you cannot locate the email, please contact us.
15th Annual Whale Tales – A Virtual Experience Recap (2021)
WHALE TALES – A VIRTUAL+ EXPERIENCE
The Whale Tales program began over President’s Day Weekend in February with in-person whale watches with the experts, and outdoor events.
Our virtual Whale Tales program will be broadcast live over two days in March and will feature marine scientists and underwater photographers.
Keynote and On-Demand Speakers
- Ari S. Friedlaender, PhD, UC Santa Cruz Department of Ocean Sciences
- Jordan Lerma, Cascadia Research
- Elizabeth Henderson, PhD, Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific
- Ed Lyman, MSc, Natural Resource Specialist, Large Whale Disentanglement Team, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
- Martin van Aswegen, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa – Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
- Andy Szabo, PhD, Alaska Whale Foundation
- Lisa Ballance, PhD, Marine Mammal Institute – Oregon State University
- Patricio Robles Gil, The Extinction Rituals
- Kristi West, PhD, Stranding and Health Lab at the University of Hawaiʻi
- Christine Gabriele, MsC, Hawaiʻi Marine Mammal Consortium, Glacier Bay National Park Alaska
- Brian Skerry, Brian Skerry Photography and National Geographic
- Donna Hauser, PhD, University of Alaska Fairbanks
- Ray Chin, Ray Chin Images , Kuroshio Ocean Education Foundation
- Michelle Fournet, PhD, Cornell, Sound Science Research Collective
- Alison Stimpert, PhD, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
- Jo-Marie Acebes, PhD, National Museum of the Philippines, Baylena Project
- Ellen Garland, PhD, University of St. Andrews
- John Moran, PhD, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center
- Marc Lammers, PhD, Research Ecologist, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
- Kiliii Yuyan, National Geographic and Kiliii Yuyan Photography
Global Check-In Speakers
- Randall Wells, PhD, Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, Sarasota, Florida
- Caroline Weir, PhD, Sei Whale Project, Falkland Islands
- Ted Cheeseman, HappyWhale, Santa Cruz, California
- Brijonnay Madrigal, University of Hawaii at Manoa – Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology, O’ahu, Hawaiʻi
- Mariano Sironi, Instituto de Conservacion de Ballenas, Argentina
- Hawaiʻi Marine Mammal Consortium, Alaska and Hawaiʻi
- Sue Moore, PhD, University of Washington
- Puta Liza Mustika, Reef Check Indonesia Foundation, Indonesia
- Julia Zeh, Bioacoustics and Behavioral Lab, Syracuse University, New York
- Laura Lauta van Aysma, University of Leiden, Netherlands
- Nick Pyenson, PhD, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.
- Kate Stafford, PhD, Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University
- Tom Fitz, Schoolyard Films and Fitz Productions, Jupiter, Florida
- Beth Goodwin, Jupiter Research Foundation, Hawaiʻi
- Bill Keener, The Marine Mammal Center Cetacean Field Research Team, San Francisco, California
- Magen McElligot, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa – Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology, O’ahu, Hawaiʻi
- Chris Cilfone, Kohola Film Project
Documenting an undocumented ocean
- Patty Miller, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
Fun Facts about Humpback Whales
- Slater Moore, Adam Ernster, & Katlyn Taylor, Whalenerds Productions
Marine Life Photography 101
- Steve Grimes, Grimes Guitars
Where in the World are the Whales? Music Video
- Haley Robb, Whale Trust
Humpback Whale Song
- Anais Remili & Naomi Mathew, Whale Scientists, So you want to become a whale scientist? Our tips to aspiring marine mammalogists
- Douglas Hoffman, Douglas J. Hoffman Photography, Why Whales Matter
- Jana Phipps, Health & Stranding Lab, Dolphin and Whale Stranding Response
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the Whale Tales program different this year?
In 2022, Whale Tales will be a Virtual PLUS event that includes both in-person and online events over more than just one weekend. This hybrid event allows our supporters to participate locally or from wherever they are in the world. In February, we will host a series of in-person opportunities including benefit whale watches with the experts, science talks at Kohola Brewery in Lahaina, and chocolate tasting receptions with Maui Ku’ia Estate Chocolate. On March 26-27th, we will host our Whale Tales online program, featuring more than 35 live stream and on-demand presentations, our Silent Auction, Keiki Corner, Marine Education Expo, and interactive activities. Attendees will have access to this content for 60 days after the event, including access to our Earth Day Weekend closing panel highlighting takeaways from our research season on April 23, 2022.
Will there be any in-person events for the public this year?
Yes! We will be offering benefit whale watches with the experts the week of President’s Day. We will also be hosting Breaches & Brews at Kohola Brewery in Lahaina on February 10, 2022. Join us for a science talk from a Hawai’i researcher and locally brewed beers. Tickets sales from these events directly support whale research. You can sign up for these opportunities at whaletales.org in early February. There will be no large in-person gathering or expo at The Ritz Carlton Kapalua Maui this year. We hope to return in 2023.
Will there be whale watches with Whale Trust founders and other researchers again?
Yes! Benefit whale watches will take place the week of President’s Day. You can register for these in early February.
What safety measures are in place for in-person events?
Our team is monitoring the changing COVID-19 landscape closely and will abide by all government regulations and safety requirements for gatherings. Additionally, we strongly encourage attendees to test before and after any Whale Tales events. All in-person events take place at outdoor or open-air venues, and all Whale Tales team members are fully vaccinated.
When can I register for Whale Tales?
Early bird registration for our virtual program is available starting January 15th, 2022, at whaletales.org.
I’m an educator. Can you visit my classroom virtually or locally?
Yes! We offer K-12 educational programs on humpback whales and would love to share them with your students either virtually or in-person. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and scheduling.
I’m a student or educator. How do I access discounted registration?
Students and educators can apply for discounted and free registration using the form on whaletales.org to receive a discount code. A student or educator ID is required.
When does the virtual live stream take place?
The Whale Tales virtual event will be live streamed March 26-27th, 2022. Your registration includes full access to the entire virtual experience, and access for 60 days after the event.
Will these be in-person speaker presentations?
All presentations in the Whale Tales live stream will be delivered from the home or office of the speaker. Outside of the smaller in-person events in mid-February, there will be no in-person presentations for the March event.
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Contribute to the Silent Auction
Connect us with an ocean-conscious business or contribute a silent auction item! All funds raised during Whale Tales support whale research through the Whale Tales Beneficiary fund.
PO Box 243
Makawao, Hawaii 96768
Whale Tales is a community outreach event produced by Whale Trust, a 501(c)(3) based in Maui, Hawaii. Our tax ID is 91-2144632. Please make checks payable to Whale Trust and note Whale Tales in the memo.