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Whale of a Weekend

February 15 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 12:30 pm, repeating until February 16, 2020

Just like the migrating Pacific gray whales, Whale of a Weekend returns to Heal the Bay Aquarium Feb. 15 & 16!
Aquarium visitors can feel the heft of a whale rib, check out bristly baleen, and try on a layer of (simulated) whale blubber for warmth. Kids of all ages can make a whale visor and valentine-themed craft to take home. Learn more interesting facts about these gentle giants at the Aquarium through story time, audio interactives and presentations about the gray whale’s migration habits.

Aquarium naturalists will staff a wildlife observation station at the west end of the Santa Monica Pier. Those who stop by are welcome to spy for whales through binoculars and field guides will identify local birds and marine life.

The weekend just got a whole lot sweeter. Ben and Jerry’s will be serving up scoops of ice cream (including vegan options)! Visitors can enjoy a free scoop of ice cream all weekend long at Heal the Bay Aquarium, courtesy of Ben and Jerry’s Venice Beach. Our annual Whale of a Weekend event honors the yearly migration of Pacific gray whales as they travel almost 10,000 miles to their summer feeding grounds in the Arctic, and winter birthing grounds in Baja.

Event Schedule:
1-4 p.m. Wildlife Observation Station (Saturday and Sunday, West End of the Pier)
2:00 p.m. Whale of a Tale Story Time (Saturday and Sunday)
3:30 p.m. Shark Feeding and Presentation (Sunday Only)


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February 15
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Heal the Bay Aquarium
1600 Ocean Front Walk
Santa Monica, CA 90401 United States
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Aquarium – Aquarium volunteers work at Heal the Bay Aquarium under the Santa Monica Pier. They support various public programs from interpreting at touch tanks to ensuring the success of private events. They also attend outreach events and represent Heal the Bay all over Los Angeles.

Beach – Beach cleanup volunteers support our Adopt-A-Beach and Coastal Cleanup Day programs. Our Beach Captain volunteers support Nothin’ But Sand public beach cleanups and Suits on the Sand private cleanups, and have the opportunity to attend Coastal Cleanup Day Site Captain training.

Outreach – These volunteers take Heal the Bay knowledge all over Los Angeles. Speakers Bureau volunteers present both virtually and in-person in classrooms, business meetings, at beach cleanups, festivals, and more.

Community Science – MPA Watch Volunteers survey marine protected areas (MPAs) in Malibu and Palos Verdes. They monitor, collect data, and get to walk along some of California’s most stunning beaches.

Youth – Middle and high school students register their school club with Club Heal the Bay to be part of a larger environmental advocacy community. In return, clubs receive recognition and rewards for their civic action projects. To get started as a Heal the Bay volunteer, attend a Volunteer Orientation.

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