Cristina Castro

Whale Disentanglement Training in Ecuador

I’m so happy to have been able to attend to the training for large whale entanglement 
response, which was held on Salinas, Ecuador on June 27 and 28 on this year. In the workshop, representatives from each country belonging to the CPPS were able to learn from the pros, David Mattila, from the IWC Entanglement Response, and Ed Lyman, Large Whale Entanglement  Response Coordinator, both whom had so many years of experience to share with us on their work on disentanglement of whales.

Another visit to school in Puerto Lopez

August 17, 2012 - Puerto Lopez

Today we went to visit a school with Gretchen (a volunteer from Pacific Whale Foundation). we took a Machalill bike taxi. The little school is located on San Isidro Road. When we arrived the kids were at recess so we waited a moment to focus on the wonderful world of the humpback whales. We must make them understand that they need to care for and protect the resources we have, which includes not throwing garbage (littering) at school, home or in the sea.

Simón Bolívar Elementary School: August 24, 2012

(Click on title to read entire post.) The day was breezy and cold as I arrived at Simón Bolívar Elementary school, located in the Los Platanales precinct, about 20 minutes from the district of Puerto Lopez.  It is a small town, but full of friendly and kind people.  In order to get to the town, I took a taxi – it’s a little far and the road is full of mud.  The first things I saw when I arrived at the school were the little boots that the children wear so that they don’t ruin their shoes that their father’s buy with all their hard work an

Rescue of Stranded Baby Humpback Whale

Although all the years we've had animal strandings, this year has been amazing, I have barely rested in August, having to help or to work on animal biopsies.

Greg Kaufman

Book Donation in Puerto Lopez Schools

August 2, 2012 Puerto López

Today, Monday July 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM, Pacific Whale Foundation, in collaboration with Jim Lehmann of the Center for Whale Research, donated numerous books to the school La Escuela Particular Lidar, located in the Puerto Lopez district.  The two organizations collaborate in environmental education programs and the scientific studies of humpback whales, and help to raise money to buy books and a place to keep them in the school.

Full Stomachs and Happy Hearts

July 30, 2012 Xipixapa

A Sad Update to Beached Whale

Puerto Lopez – July 22, 2012

It was Sunday and it had been a very intense week. A colleague of mine, Monica Fabara, called me to tell me about a beached whale. Not a second was wasted, and we left in search of information.

It was about 10:00 in the morning when we found the animal. I was already decomposing, but could still serve as a sample specimen. Wendy is a microbiologist and was grateful to have the opportunity to investigate. We could open and search inside its body cavity, and by doing so, determine the cause of death.

Student Presentations!


Teaching Ecuador's Youth how to Care for Cetaceans

July 18, 2012 Puerto López

Today I returned to the school to teach the excited students about how to take care of these magnificent cetaceans that we have in my country off the Ecuadorian coasts.  Last year there were so many emotions and experiences, not only with the students, but also with the volunteers from Pacific Whale Foundation.  We were coloring, drawing and creating new artists where training and the protection of the animals is a right and obligation for all of us as humans – we go from the smallest to the largest.

July 16, 2012 "Read entire blog"

How Wonderful!

Again in the world of children, learning from them and teaching what I have learned.

Today is Monday July 16, 2012, and we began the “Environmental Education Program” in the Escuela Particular Sindicato de Choferes, where 6th grade boys and girls learn to take care of and protect different species that they may find in their habitats, be it terrestrial or marine.  

The 37 students quickly ran to the window, and seeing their sweet faces made me so happy to begin once again!

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