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WHALEFEST 2012 - a fantastic public event

Whale Fest 2012 Oct 27 & 28. This public event in Brighton was preceded by 3 weeks of school roadshows in surrounding areas, sponsored by Southern Water and organised by Planet Whale, and by promotional activities in Brighton Railway Station- renamed Brighton Whale Way Station for the week, and in other locations. During the week before Whale Fest, organised by Planet Whale at Brighton Hilton Metropole Hotel, the same location hosted the ASCOBANS Meeting of the Parties, and two Whale Conferences of global importance.

In all, 4 weeks of focus on Planet Earth's amazing marine wildlife, attracting participants from around the world, and raising awareness of the need for urgent conservation measures to protect our marine friends

For details of Whale Fest 2012 see   http://www.whale-fest.com/

For media report of School Roadshow outcome, see Mini Eco Warrior From Newhaven To Front Publicity Campaign (PDF format) .

For pictures of the promotion at Brighton Whale Way Station, see   http://photography.juliaclaxton.net/whalefest1

For report on the ASCOBANS  Meeting of the Parties see  http://www.ascobans.org/ascobans_news.html

For details of the outcomes of The World Whale Conference see http://www.savethewhalesreloaded.org/?page_id=347

Lots of blogs on Whale Fest, couple are  http://marinediscovery.co.uk/blog/?p=30  and  

http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/museums/2012/11/07/pinocchios-not-the-only-one-wh...

 

 

15 school roadshows with the rubbish bucket
...produced some inspired posters from the pupils, with every school winning free Whalefest tickets...
...including this prizewinner
...and here a young lady who brought her mum along, both having fun in the Whale Sanctuary
The huge Grand Hall was filled with marine wildlife models to create The Whale Sanctuary
with info panels from The ASCOBANS Secretariat, who sponsored the Sanctuary
The ASCOBANS table was kept busy throughout the 2 days, with visitors wanting info, leaflets, stickers, memo pads, etc
Key issues being highlighted including fisheries interaction, climate change, and ship strikes
...interactive learning with the Sanctuary guides, touching the props...
...and listening intently to the short precise info bites
The guide explains that this Blue is a juvenile, only 8 months old, unbelievable!
Minke Whale and calf coming in from the right....
The Sanctuary provided lots of photo opportunities
...and a chance to touch...
...who can resist touching a Blue Whale?

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