PRESENTED BY WHALE TRUST
A Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Signature Event
Season long celebration
A VIRTUAL+ EVENT FEATURING...
February 18-21, 2022: Local (Maui) whale watches, outdoor events, and more
March 26-27, 2022: Virtual live-stream featuring marine researchers and photographers from around the world
April 22-24, 2022: Whale Tales Closing event on Earth Day weekend
15th Annual Whale Tales – A Virtual Experience Recap (2021)
WHALE TALES – A VIRTUAL+ EXPERIENCE
The Whale Tales program will begin 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 and will feature marine scientists and underwater photographers.
Keynote and On-Demand Speakers
Speakers and program details to be announced January 2022.
- Bernard Abeille, La Lyrone
Baleine et Contrebasse
- Robin Baird, PhD, Cascadia Research
Dwarf Sperm Whales in Hawaiian Waters: Using Drones, Photo-ID, and Citizen Science to Study a Difficult-to-study Species
- Kenneth Balcomb, Center for Whale Research
Orca Survey and the Big Salmon Ranch
- Lars Bejder, PhD University of Hawaii at Manoa – Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
The Energetic Cost of Humpback Whale Migration
- Moira Brown, PhD Canadian Whale Institute
Right Whales and Their Allies
- Rachel Cartwright, PhD, The Keiki Kohola Project
Weathering the Lean Years – How Maui’s Moms and Calves Fared Through Recent Climate-based Disruptions in the North Pacific.
- Hannah Cubaynes, PhD, British Antarctic Survey
Whales from Space
- Jim Darling, PhD, Whale Trust
North Pacific Humpback Whale Song
- Ellen Garland, PhD, University of St Andrews
South Pacific Humpback Whale Song
- Beth Goodwin, Jupiter Research Foundation
Wave Glider Europa’s Multi-year Open Ocean Survey Of Humpback Whales
- Ralph Lee Hopkins, Ralph Lee Hopkins Photography and Lindblad Expeditions
Whale Tales 2021 – A Look Back At Five Years Of Photo Expeditions
- Mike Korostelev, Whale Watching Russia
Whale’s Photographer – Encounters that Can Change Your Life
- Anke Kügler, Marine Biology Graduate Program, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
What male humpback whale song chorusing can reveal about their ecology
- Marc Lammers, PhD, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
The Occurrence of Humpback Whales in the NWHI Revealed Through a Marine Drone
- Ed Lyman, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
The Science Behind Large Whale Entanglement Response
- Joseph Mobley, PhD, University of Hawaii at Manoa
2019-20 Humpback Whale Aerial Survey Project
- Flip Nicklin, Whale Trust and National Geographic
Whale Tales, A Chance to Tell Our Story
- Ralph Pace, Ralph Pace Photography and Whale Trust
Whales of Monterey
- Debbie Patton, Captain Steve’s Rafting
Humpback Birth Video, Update
- Roger Payne, PhD, Ocean Alliance
- Brian Skerry, Brian Skerry Photography and National Geographic
Secrets of the Whales
- Kate Stafford, PhD, University of Washington
Listening to a Changing Arctic
- Andrew Stevenson, Whales Bermuda
What Are The Humpback Whales Doing in Bermuda?
- Jason Sturgis, Open Ocean Productions and Whale Trust
SD To HD. 4K To 8K. Advancing Camera Technology and How it has Helped Whale Research
- Hal Whitehead, PhD, Dalhousie University
The Cultural Lives of Sperm Whales
- Dave Wiley, PhD, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Using Advanced Technologies to Explore the Underwater Behavior of Humpback Whales
- Marc Lammers, PhD, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
Global Check-In Speakers
- Jo Marie Acebes, DVM, PhD, Balyena at Lumba sa Pilipinas
Northern Luzon, Philippines
- Jan Booch, Photographer
- Ted Cheeseman, HappyWhale
Santa Cruz, California
- Jens Currie, Pacific Whale Foundation
- Olga Filatova, PhD, Lomonosov Moscow State University
- John Ford, PhD, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
- Oscar Frey, Deep Blue Conservancy
Puerto Vallarta, Bahía de Banderas, México
- Chris Gabriele, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
- Nan Hauser, Center for Cetacean Research & Conservation
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
- Douglas Hoffman, Douglas J. Hoffman Photography
- Ralph Lee Hopkins, Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic
Charlotte, North Carolina
- Erich Hoyt, IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force and Whale and Dolphin Conservation
- Meagan Jones, PhD, and Haley Robb, Whale Trust
- Mark Kelley, Mark Kelley Photography
- Iain Kerr, Ocean Alliance
- Nozomi Kobayashi, PhD, Okinawa Churashima Research Center
- Laura Lauta van Aysma, University of Leiden
- John Moran, Auke Bay Laboratories/NOAA Fisheries
- Putu Liza Mustika, PhD, Cetacean Sirenian Indonesia
- Flip Nicklin, Whale Trust
Auke Bay, Alaska
- Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara, PHD, Tethys Research Institute
- Adam Pack, PhD, The UH Hilo Marine Mammal Laboratory
- Chandra P. Salgado Kent, PhD, Oceans Blueprint
- Richard Sears, Mingan Island Cetacean Study
Mingan Island, Quebec
- Mariano Sironi, PhD, Instituto de Conservación de Ballenas
Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Renata S. Sousa-Lima, PhD, Laboratory of Bioacoustics, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte
- Jan Straley, University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus
- Dipani Sutaria, PhD, Marine Mammal Research and Conservation Network of India
- Jorge Urbán, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur
La Paz, Baja California Sur, México
- Caroline Weir, PhD, Falklands Conservation
- Randall Wells, PhD, Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program
- Marty Wolff, Marty Wolff Fine Art Photography
- Magen Shifiliti, Eat Less Plastic
Eat Less Plastic
- Patty Miller, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
Humpback Whales 101 – Whale To Scale
- Shelby Brown, Whale Trust
How Do We Tell Whales Apart?
- Kim Nesbitt, Linblad Expeditions
Welcome to Alaska
- Haley Robb, Whale Trust
Humpback Whale Song
- Jayme Cellitioci, Ocean Innovators
Wonder is My Compass
- George Kahumoku Jr.
Ocean Ambassador Abby Rogers Interviews Uncle George
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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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.