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Thursday, May 9th, 2019
Guest Speaker: Ben Hendricks
"Sonic Superpowers: Listening into the World of the Whales in the Great Bear Fjord system".
Presentation by Dr. Ben Hendricks
UVic/Gitga'at First Nation/North Coast Cetacean Society/ WWF-Canada
Prince Rupert Public Library @ 7pm: Free Event!
"The ocean is a world of sound. Where light fails to penetrate the deep, acoustics is the primary tool for whales to communicate, find pray, avoid predators, navigate, and attract mates. Whales are masters of sound and they are vulnerable to noise that humans generate through marine exploration and vessel traffic."
Saturday, May 11th, 2019
Prince Rupert Convention Centre (Below Chances)
10am - 3pm
Opening ceremony by the Northern Lights dancers!
Build a full-size killer whale skeleton
Interactive displays and activities
Face painting and crafts for kids
Build-A-Whale is an interactive program that aims to educate participants about marine biology, anatomy, evolutionary science and conservation. The program is hands-on and engaging as the audience assists in constructing the skeleton of an offshore killer whale and participating in several fun educational activties and games. Build-A-Whale is well traveled and well loved as she has visited facilities across Canada such as schools, markets, festivals, aquariums, elderly homes and more.
Build-A-Whale is part of Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society who will lead this program for local schools in Prince Rupert and at the Whale Festival before continuing on with the killer whale to visit schools in Kitimat and Terrace and beyond.
Saturday, May 11th: Evening, 2019
Chowder & Dance Party Fundraiser
Sustainable seafood chowder prepared by Dai Fukasaku – with scallops donated from Great Bear Scallops (Coastal Shellfish) and locally brewed beer at the Wheelhouse
Two seatings available: 5pm and 6:30pm
Advance tickets: $25, purchase at Fukasaku or Wheelhouse
Live music @ 9pm with The Dearly Departed
Wheelhouse Brewing feature beer: Killer Witt
Sunday, May 12th, 2019
Free Movie: Humpback Whales
Cineplex Cinemas 2pm
Join us at the Cineplex for a free matinee, beverage and popcorn on Mothers Day's to enjoy the family friendly Humpback Whale Documentary filmed by MacGillivray Freeman films.
Narrated by two-time Golden Globe nominee Ewan McGregor, Humpback Whales is an extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammals. Set in the spectacular waters of Alaska, Hawaii and Tonga, this ocean adventure offers audiences an up-close look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young. Captured for the first time with IMAX 3D cameras, and found in every ocean on earth, humpbacks were nearly driven to extinction 50 years ago, but today are making a slow but remarkable recovery. Join a team of researchers as they unlock the secrets of the humpback and find out why humpbacks are the most acrobatic of all whales, why they sing their haunting songs, and why these intelligent, 55-foot, 50-ton animals migrate up to 10,000 miles round-trip every year.
First come first serve!
#whales of Prince Rupert
DP World, AltaGas, Port of Prince Rupert, Pembina Pipeline Corporation
Ridley Island Terminals, Coastal Shellfish,
Fukasaku of Prince Rupert, Wheelhouse Brewing
Wednesday, September 25th, 2019
Sonic Sea: Film Screening & Expert Panel
Lester Centre for the Arts
Film about ocean noises screened with special appearance by film producer Michael Jasny
In partnership with the Port of Prince Rupert and the North Coast Cetacean Research Initiative
Tuesday, November 26th, 2019
North Coast Marine Speaker Series: Kirk Hart
Coast Mountain College
Resurrection of the North Coast Marine Speaker Series, a public lecture series on marine science topics
In partnership with the North Coast Cetacean Research Initiative
Lecture on Kirk's upcoming research on the Rhinocerous Auklets of nearby Lucy Island
Lucy Island, located in Chatham Sound near Prince Rupert, is a nationally important nesting area for these sea birds
Thirty people attended this lecture