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MA'ALAEA (MAUI), HI -- Everyone loves Maui's wild why not celebrate them? Pacific Whale Foundation invites the public to join our Wild Dolphin Days celebration on Maui on Saturday, August 7 and Sunday, August 8. This annual event honors the wild dolphins that live free in Maui County's waters, and celebrates the Maui County law, passed in 2002, which banned the public display of captive whales and dolphins.

The State of Hawaii has taken a major step to protect sharks with the passage of a new law that will prohibit the possession, sale, trade or distribution of shark fins in Hawaii. The law went into effect on July 1, 2010. We thank all Pacific Whale Foundation Members and supporters who wrote to our Hawaii lawmakers to encourage passage of this law.

After a busy month at the International Whaling Commission's Annual Meeting in Morocco, Pacific Whale Foundation's Ecuador Research Director, Dr. Cristina Castro, is now focused on Pacific Whale Foundation's 2010 Ecuador Humpback Whale Research Project.

As part of Pacific Whale Foundation’s Making Waves Lecture Series, Dr. Christopher Kelley will present a free talk on the discovery of new deep water species by the Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) on Thursday, August 19. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Dr. Kelley is the program biologist for HURL, which operates two 2,000 m submersibles and a 1,000m ROV. His responsibilities include the identification and documentation of fish and invertebrates videotaped during HURL's submersible and ROV operations.

KIHEI, HI -- More than eighty visitors and Maui residents participated in Pacific Whale Foundation's Wild Dolphin Days Sand Sculpture Contest at Keawakapu Beach in South Kihei on Saturday, August 7, to sculpt realistic and fanciful dolphins out of sand at the ocean's edge.

“It was so much fun to see such a display of creativity and originality,” said Ashley Justice, Events Coordinator at Pacific Whale Foundation. “There were beautiful sand sculptures up and down the beach, all in tribute to Maui’s wild dolphins.

MA’ALAEA, MAUI, HI — Attention artists and designers: do you have an illustration, print, painting, digital or graphic design or image that would look fabulous featured on the 2011 Maui Whale Festival t-shirt, program and poster? If so, Pacific Whale Foundation invites you to enter the competition to become the 2011 Maui Whale Festival Featured Artist.

 While it's summer in Hawaii, it's winter in the southern hemisphere. Winter is an important time of year -- it's mating and calving season for humpback whales, which is why Pacific Whale Foundation researchers are studying whales in multiple southern hemisphere locations at this time. Three Pacific Whale Foundation researchers traveled from Hawaii to Port Douglas, Australia in early August to launch Pacific Whale Foundation's 27th year of humpback whale research in Australia.

This May, Pacific Whale Foundation’s events calendar is packed with unique eco-adventures, educational programs, and opportunities to volunteer to preserve and protect Maui’s environment. And don’t forget – the whales are still here! Maui County waters are still teeming with mothers, calves and spectacular competition pods, and whale sightings are guaranteed aboard all Pacific Whale Foundation whalewatch eco-adventures through May 15!


Ongoing: Wednesday Mornings

WAILUKU, HI – As worldwide debate heats up over a recent proposal by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to legitimize commercial whaling by Japan, Iceland and Norway, two Pacific Whale Foundation scientists are preparing to travel to the IWC Annual Meeting in Agadir, Morocco in late May and early June.

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