Evenings With the Experts

03/13/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
03/14/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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This is a MWF event
Whale researchers from Hawaii, Ecuador and Chile, along with the producer of the documentary "Blackfish," will be offering free presentations about their work as part of "Evenings with the Experts" hosted by Pacific Whale Foundation on Thursday, March 13 and Friday, March 14.
On Thursday, March 13, the first night of "Evenings with the Experts," Manny Oteyza, Producer of  Blackfish, will present a free screening of this 90-minute documentary and a talk about the creation of this compelling, internationally acclaimed film. The movie documents the circumstances leading to the 2010 death of Dawn Brancheau, a renowned SeaWorld trainer who was killed by Tilikum, a 12,000-pound orca. "Blackfish" provides a compelling look at the cruelty of keeping whales and dolphins in captivity, and has been instrumental in educating millions of people worldwide about the dark side of using these majestic marine mammals for human entertainment.
On Friday, March 14, the focus will be on "Heroes in Whale Research," spotlighting three dynamic female scientists from Hawaii, Chile and Ecuador who are studying whales in the wild through research projects funded by Pacific Whale Foundation. Discover the latest developments about whales during their riveting presentations of photos, films, recordings and first person accounts. Elsa Cabrera will present her work studying and protecting blue whales in Chile and the fight to stop wind farms in Southern Chile. Dr. Cristina Castro will discuss her research of  humpback whales and other marine mammals off the coast of Ecuador and her outreach efforts which helped change the poor fishing village of Puerto Lopez into a burgeoning tourist destination. Dr. Emmanuelle Martinez will describe Pacific Whale Foundation's studies of humpback whales off Maui, as part of a larger goal of preventing vessel-whale collisions.
The two nights of free presentations and film will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 pm each evening at the Haleakala Ballroom at the Westin Maui Resort and Spa in Ka'anapali. Admission is free. Because seating is limited, complimentary advance reservations for seats are available and are recommended. To arrange your free seat, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
Free and open to the public, this event is hosted by Pacific Whale Foundation as part of the Maui Whale Festival. Please refer to www.mauiwhalefestival.org for more information or call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.