Posted on: August 22, 2011

Pacific Whale Foundation Participates in Hervey Bay Whale Festival in Australia

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Pacific Whale Foundation, a nonprofit organization with projects in Australia, Hawaii and other parts of the Pacific, participated in the Hervey Bay Whale Festival, a 12-hour celebration of whales, on Saturday, August 6. The festival included Ocean of Fun, a celebration dedicated to children and the young at heart, with stage shows, workshops and activities, plus an Illumination Parade and a Whale Aid concert of original music from an all-Australian line-up.

Hervey Bay, located in Queensland, Australia, is known as the “Whalewatch Capital of the World,” for the humpback whales found there during the months of July through October.

“Pacific Whale Foundation has studied and watched whales in Australia for 27 years; we’ve worked in Hervey Bay since 1987,” says Greg Kaufman, President and Founder of Pacific Whale Foundation. “We were absolutely delighted to take part in this year’s HerveyBay Whale Festival.”

Andrew Ellis, Pacific Whale Foundation’s Australia Operations Manager, served as the emcee at Ocean of Fun on the Children’s Stage for much of the day and also offered an interactive talk about whales. Greg Kaufman also offered a presentation about whales. 

During the Illumination Parade, Pacific Whale Foundation presented its research vessel, towed behind a vehicle. The boat was decorated with paper mache whale flukes, handcrafted by a local family.

“This was a fun way to launch our 2011 whale research season in Australia,” says Kaufman. “We commenced our research shortly after the festival, driving up to Port Douglas to study humpback whales in an area where they are thought to breed and give birth. “

Pacific Whale Foundation has conducted whale research in Australia since 1984. Last year, Pacific Whale Foundation gathered data on whales in Port Douglas, the Whitsunday Islands,Hervey Bay and Eden. Data gathered by Pacific Whale Foundation is shared with the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage and the International Whaling Commission to aid in the establishment of effective management plans for protecting whales.

Pacific Whale Foundation recently opened a small shop in the area at Shop 6 Tourist Terminal at Urangan Harbor, Urangan, QLD 4655. The store is open from 0730 (7:30 am) until 1700 (5:00 pm) daily. The shop offers whale-themed t-shirts and gifts, and tickets for whalewatch cruises. All profits support Pacific Whale Foundation’s whale research in Australia. For information, please call Pacific Whale Foundation’s Australia offices at 07-4194-6851. To reach Pacific Whale Foundation’s headquarters in Maui, Hawaii, please call (808) 249-8811.

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