Indoor whale-watching: The Whale Trail goes SRO at C & P

January 24, 2013 at 11:57 pm | In West Seattle news, Wildlife | 8 Comments

Thanks to “Diver Laura” James for sharing photos from tonight’s standing-room-only event presented by The Whale Trail at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor). The cozy old home-turned-coffeehouse held 66 people for the presentation by West Seattle-residing orca researcher Mark Sears:

The Whale Trail’s founder/executive director Donna Sandstrom tells WSB, “It was a great night! Even better than we’d hoped,” with “great synergy between our groups” – referring to Laura’s participation on behalf of the Tox-Ick.org runoff-education campaign, and Seal Sitters joining in too. We asked Donna what’s up for the second in this new Whale Trail speaker series; she says Lynne Barre from NOAA Fisheries will be the featured speaker on February 21st, 6:30-9 pm, again at C & P.

8 Comments

  1. Thank you Mark! Your presentation was excellent i learned a many interesting things about the Orca and audience participation was brilliant! Thanks to said audience, I also learned more in a few minutes than in hours and hours of online researching about the Grey Whales.

    Nice to hear what sealsitters is up to, looking forward to the year of the seal!!

    Huge props to Donna for organizing this great opportunity!!

    Comment by Diverlaura — 2:50 am January 25, 2013 #

  2. Looks like I missed a very cool presentation!!

    Comment by Cclarue — 6:15 am January 25, 2013 #

  3. Oh Darn! Wish I had known. Maybe next time.

    Comment by scout 1 — 8:32 am January 25, 2013 #

  4. So wish I could have made it out. Glad it was a huge success! Next time! :-)

    Comment by MikeRussellFoto — 10:19 am January 25, 2013 #

  5. Thank so much to Donna and the Whale Trail for including Seal Sitters in this very informative evening! We look forward to future events. We also plan to team up with Laura for some collaborative outreach about our polluted waters – which will tie in with SS’s Year of the Seal project.

    Seal Sitters is so grateful for Mark’s expertise and dedication to the whales and for his support of our marine mammal stranding network over the past 6 years. West Seattle is lucky to call him our own!

    Comment by Robin — 7:10 pm January 25, 2013 #

  6. I was having lunch at Salty’s yesterday and a gray whale surfaced nearby cruising south toward Duwamish. Did some research and found that there was a similar sighting in March of 2010. Maybe same whale. I can’t be the only one to have spotted the whale.

    Comment by Lee — 9:08 am January 26, 2013 #

  7. You can see Mark’s portion of the evening here:

    https://vimeo.com/58243743

    Comment by DiverLaura — 3:46 pm January 26, 2013 #

  8. Thanks, Laura and Robin! And a big shout out to the Whale Trail volunteers who made it all happen: Jen, Bill, Nicole, Evangeline, Barry, Kama, Greg, and everyone from Seal Sitters. What a great pod! :)
    Lee – I haven’t seen any other reports about a gray whale yesterday, but it’s not unusual for them to be around this time of year. We should all keep watching!

    Comment by Donna, The Whale Trail — 7:14 pm January 26, 2013 #

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