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Whale of a Weekend
February 15 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
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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