Make a Splash at Whalefest Monterey

The free two-day event brims with educational activities and ways to know our whale buddies even better.

WE ALL KNOW OUR WHALE WORDS, from fluke to blowhole to baleen, and we understand that whales are exceedingly big, very, and that they follow migratory routes, and that when they poke their huge heads above the water's surface, they're engaging in the act of spyhopping. But weaving together a larger portrait of these large animals, our marvelous mammalian brethren, sometimes requires a day of digging deeper, of listening longer, and hanging out near some top-notch marine experts. And those experts will gather at Old Fisherman's Wharf on Saturday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 27, all to participate in...

WHALEFEST MONTEREY: The free, two-day festival is one of the majors on the California whale-loving calendar, and it has built its reputation over eight info-smart years. Make that nine, in 2019, and new and returning visitors can count on a host of happenings, from exhibit booths to appearances by marine organizations to the return of "Dee, the 43-foot inflatable whale model people can go inside of and see its internal organs," which is pretty darn cool. And on the pretty darn cute front? "Costumed creatures" will be around, if you need a picture to prove you were in the middle of all of this whale-tastic wonder.

FOR MORE... on the symposium, the organizations involved, and what you need to know to go, flap your fluke against the water now and do a deep dive on this page. Also? If you're staying nearby, check with your hotel to see if there's a special Whalefest Monterey rate available (there just might be).

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