Save the Whales does valuable conservation work on many fronts. Their Whales on Wheels Programs do a fantastic job educating students with engaging hands-on lessons. The Save the Whales website educates the world by providing accurate and up-to-date information about different marine mammals and the threats to their survival. Furthermore, the dedicated staff of Save the Whales goes above and beyond when threats to marine mammals become critical. Some examples of this are the fight against the Navy’s Sonar Ship Shock proposals, the Save the Whales targeted programs to save the highly endangered Vaquitas, and numerous ocean pollution programs. The Save the Whales staff live and breath conservation. They put their hearts and souls into their work. They are effective advocates for the health of marine mammals, our oceans, and ultimately the health of all living things on our planet.
I am a science teacher and underwater videographer. The Save the Whales website serves as a great resource for students seeking information about different marine mammal species and about the things which threaten the health of these animals. I am impressed by the Whales on Wheels program which is inspiring students to get involved in the preservation of healthy ocean environments. While filming underwater in the ocean, I have been eye to eye with whales, dolphins and seals. I have had all of these animals look me in the eyes, and I have experienced their awareness. Huge whales have gently swam right next to me underwater and have shown no aggressive or threatening behavior towards me. Groups of dolphins have surrounded me underwater and have playfully clicked at me and twirled all around me. I have had mother gray whales bring their babies over to our boat so that we could reach down and gently rub their skin. I have seen these same whales roll on their sides to look up at us from underwater. I have been amazed and surprised by the behaviors of these animals and have come to appreciate how important it is for us to protect them. Save the Whales educates people about the splendor and beauty of these amazing animals and teaches how many of these animals are carelessly and not so carelessly being harmed or killed. I donate video footage to Save the Whales because I believe in their cause.
Tom presented to the Pajaro Middle School Watershed Academy, an after school program this past January. He had so much information to share with the students and fully engaged them in so many ways. He had facts, details, and hands-on activities that helped the students understand their role in learning and protecting their world. Thanks Tom!
Save the Whales is a fabulous asset to our community. They lead inspiring, engaging educational programs for school kids and for people of all ages. Their outreach presence enriches every event they are involved in. Maris is a community leader, who seeks creative ways to collaborate with other nonprofit marine groups. The group is responsive to community needs. The history of the organization is an inspiration in itself, with its grass roots beginning, that sends the message that one person and small groups of folks can make a big difference.
I teach an upper-division service-learning course at California State University, Monterey Bay and students from my course have been working with Save the Whales for the past several years. Every one of my students who has worked with Save the Whales has expressed to me how much the organization has inspired them. Save the Whales provides them with a model of how to engage productively with communities, how to work with communities on fostering shared values, and how to promote shared values through effective community outreach, education, and engagement. This is an outstanding organization.
Also served on the Marine Sanctuary Foundation reviewing and evaluating various projects for funding. Save the Whales consistently provides the public, especially school groups, with accurate, age and cultural appropriate information and scientific date regarding sea mammals and the need for their protection. They are credentialed,dedicated scientists providing a much needed service by enlightening school children and the public.
The staff are wonderful people, dedicated to educating people on the connection of human actions to our rivers and oceans. Also commited to working with underpriveledged communities who usually to do not get this information. Hugely important program!
I had Save the Whales make a presentation in my college course and a number of students who are passionate about education and the environment decided to volunteer in the STWs water quality educational program. My students loved it and learned quite a bit about water quality and educating disadvantaged youth.
Save the Whales brought their Whales On Wheels educational program into my classroom on several occasions. I teach at-risk teens in an alternative public school setting. I was amazed to see how Whales On Wheels engaged my students with their hands-on environmental learning experiences. Everyone learned more about local ecology and environmental stewardship. This is a fantastic non-profit.
Our Chapter has worked concurrently on projects including recently as two of the joint sponsors of the Viva Vaquita! website, a tool in the fight to save the Vaquita, a harbor porpoise that lives only in the north part of the Gulf of California. They have been great partners in the effort. Save the Whales' mission, as it relates to educating the youth of our world to the need for marine conservation in general and for whale conservation in particular is obviously key. Reaching the youth is the key to a successful future. The science on which their educational programs are based is sound and the overall need to restore the worlds oceans to a state where they can maintain their balance is well recognized. Save the Whales is doing an important job and targeting an important audience.