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Whale Trust returning to Kapalua for tenth Whale Tales weekend

By Staff | Jan 28, 2016

World-renowned marlne life photographer Flip Nicklin is a cofounder of Whale Trust Maui and yearly participant in Whale Tales. PHOTO BY FLIP NICKLIN.

KAPALUA – Everything visitors and residents might want to know about whales will be on the menu when many of the world’s leading researchers give presentations, attend receptions and go on whale watches at the tenth annual Whale Tales.

The popular event is returning to the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on Feb. 12-15.

Some 20 whale scientists, photographers, filmmakers and conservationists will talk story during the three days, and an art and education expo will display the work of more than a half-dozen marine artists and provide additional information on the topic.

A special added attraction will be the Maui premier showing of a much-talked-about IMAX film, “Humpback Whales,” filmed mostly on Maui.

Researchers last year presented new findings on whale behavior and will talk about additional discoveries made in 2015, according to Whale Trust Maui, a nonprofit that sponsors the annual event.

Whale Trust’s sole mission is research and education. Funds raised by the group (partly through whale watches hosted by researchers during the Whale Tales weekend as well as special receptions) support whale research throughout Hawaii.

Whale Trust Maui is a Maui-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote, support and conduct scientific research on whales and the marine environment, and broadly communicate the findings to the public.

Research led by Whale Trust Maui scientists has been featured in documentaries on the BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic International, National Public Radio, the “Today Show,” PBS, NHK (Japanese National Broadcasting) and in National Geographic magazine (1999, 2007).

More information on the program, special receptions and sponsorship opportunities is available at whale trust.org.