ABOUT WHALE TALES
Over the last 13 years, Whale Tales has raised more than $725,000 for whale research and reached tens of thousands of people, including thousands of local schoolchildren. All proceeds from the Whale Tales event are distributed to selected beneficiary organizations and students to support whale research in Hawaii through the Whale Tales Beneficiaries Program.
WHALE WATCH PARTNERS
These companies donate their boats and crews for benefit whale watches throughout Whale Tales weekend. 100% of ticket sales support whale research in the Pacific through the Whale Tales Beneficiary Program.
Jim Darling, PhDWhale Trust
Flip NicklinWhale Trust/National Geographic
Ralph Lee HopkinsLindblad Expeditions/National Geographic
Kristi WestHawaii Institute of Marine Biology
Marc Lammers, PhDHawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
Grady BoochIBM Research
Lars BejderHawaii Institute of Marine Biology
Brian SkerryMarine Wildlife Photojournalist/National Geographic
Beth GoodwinJupiter Research Foundation
Jean-Michel CousteauOcean Futures Society
John MoranNOAA’s Auke Bay Laboratories
Daniel OpitzOcean Mind
Ed LymanHawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
Jim Darling, PhD
Ralph Lee Hopkins
Marc Lammers, PhD
Much of the work the public sees in deep learning applies to text, images, and video, as manifest in products such as Siri and Alexa. Some of our current research builds on the work of Watson to apply deep learning to identify and understand audio signals. We’ve been building on our work in industrial AI to use neural networks to detect and understand marine mammal vocalization, focused first on the songs of the humpback whale. This work has a three-fold purpose: to automate the analysis of weeks of field data; to support on-going data collection using autonomous vessels; to advance our understanding of the meaning of whale song.
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Brian’s work has also been featured in Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, BBC Wildlife, Paris Match, GEO, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, Esquire, Audubon and Men’s Journal. He is the author of 10 books, including the acclaimed monograph Ocean Soul. His latest book is SHARK, published by National Geographic Books in 2017.
He frequently lectures on photography, exploration and conservation issues, having presented at the United Nations General Assembly, The World Economic Forum, TED Talks, The National Press Club, The Royal Geographical Society in London and the Sydney Opera House. He is a frequent guest on television programs including NBC’s TODAY Show and CBS’s This Morning.
Honoring his heritage, Jean-Michel founded Ocean Futures Society, a non-profit marine conservation and education organization that serves as a “Voice for the Ocean” by communicating the critical bond between people and the sea and the importance of wise environmental policy. As Ocean Futures Society’s spokesman, Jean-Michel serves as an impassioned diplomat for the environment, reaching out to the public through a variety of media and educational programs.
Jean-Michel has produced over 80 films, received the Emmy, the Peabody Award, the Sept d’Or, and the Cable Ace Award. In 2015, Jean-Michel released his first IMAX film, “Secret Ocean 3D” which continues to be screened in over fifty theaters around the world. Jean-Michel’s newest feature film, “Wonders of the Sea,” uncovers the complexities of our interconnected world of life in the oceans and shows us how we are all asked to safeguard the future of our water planet.
Creator and award winning filmmaker Daniel Opitz takes you on a personal journey from vision to reality, and describes concept, technology and making of this revolutionary project.
“The use of immersive, lifelike and interactive technologies has the potential to revolutionize human perception and offers a groundbreaking step towards increasing public awareness toward environmental issues, and contributes toward the increased possibility of significant, sustainable and powerful learning experiences,” Daniel Opitz, filmmaker and director, Ocean Mind.
After more than five years of intensive development, the “Humpbacks of Hawai‘i Exhibit & Sphere” opened in February, 2019 at the Maui Ocean Center. For the first time ever, guests can experience the mystery and majesty of the largest mammals on planet Earth as no one has before. “Humpbacks of Hawai‘i” offers a new and exhilarating dimension to Maui’s famous whale watching season, bringing guests eye-to-eye with Maui’s humpback whales in their home beneath the waves.
Ed has participated in over 100 disentanglement efforts and helped free more than 60 marine animals from life-threatening entanglements. He and the Sanctuary coordinate a community-based network to provide safe and authorized response to entangled whales around the main Hawaiian Islands.
Mahalo to all of our 2020 sponsors and event partners!
Alice Litton and Karen Robbins
Arleen and Dave McGlade
Brenda and Richard Livingston
Captain Steve’s Rafting Adventures
Charles and Molly Hook
CJs Diner & Deli
Clyde M. and Gerrianne G. Sakamoto
D Joy Howell / James Howell Foundation
Darrell Frost and Terri Youmans
David and Helen Jean Hamernick
Dive Maui - CJ Kessler
Donna and Dan Peterson
Doris Lang and Gordon Firestein
Dot Norris, Secretary of WHALERN
Dr. Angela and William Court
Fred and Jane Litt
Gail and Tony Vander Heide
George and Linda Wilson
George and Marie Weis
Go Rent A Car Maui
Gunars and JoRene Valkirs
Hawaii Ocean Project
Hawaii Ocean Rafting
Jackie and Rodney Lyons
Janet and Todd Bedrosian
Jeff and Marge Herbst
Jennifer Johnson and Wendy Worcester
Jim and Cathy Maxwell
John and Melissa Meier
Julie and Curtis Robb, Haley Robb, Lorraine Arenberg
Ken Sexton and Cindy Atkins
Let’s Entertain Maui
Linda and Bob Caldwell
Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic
Makana Aloha Foundation
Mary and Larry MacPhee
Maui Adventure Cruises
Maui Ku’ia Estate Chocolate
Maui Print Works
Maui Whale Watch Magazine
Maxine Chein and Warren Frank
Michelle & Scott
Outrigger Pizza Company
Patrick and Pat Muffler
Ralph Lee Hopkins
Real Fruit Ice Cream
Rick and Nancy Steffens
Schofield Family 9th Island
Sean Baba, Fresh Island Art Gallery
Sherri Reeve Designs
Sherri Reeve Designs
Sherry and Brad Eichhorst
Sue and Leo Lapito
Suzanne and John Gavigan
The Bendon Family Foundation
The Mind's Eye Interiors
Thomas and M’Lou Lytle
Timkin Sturgis Foundation
Trish and Jon Quistgaard
Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel
Vladimir Kush/Kush Fine Art Lahaina
William Kronenberg III
Partnering with Whale Trust as a Whale Tales sponsor emphasizes your commitment to the future of our oceans. Whale Tales is an esteemed marine-science event among whale researchers and enthusiasts around the world. Corporate and individual sponsors are critical to bringing this world-class event to Maui each year. Your sponsorship is an investment in the ongoing research and education efforts that inform long-term management and conservation programs.View Sponosorship Opportunities Become a Whale Tales Sponsor
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Makawao, Hawaii 96768