Santa Monica Update

Hello! Patrick here from Sunny California! Today we "chilled" in Southern California and helped save the whales. What could be better than sharing our cause near the beach in perfect sunny 70 degree weather? We held an event on the tarmac and were delighted to be joined by Sara Wan of the California Coastal Commission, Dorothée Alsentzer of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and a surprise guest Lauren Hutton!

Santa_monica_chilling As we spoke with media representatives this morning biologists were using underwater recordings of humpback whale songs to lure two injured whales (a mother and her calf) back down the Sacramento River toward the ocean. Though this situation is very grim, we are pleased to see the concern and overwhelming interest in the matter by the Santa Monica crowd and the general public. It’s amazing to think that while the we are doing everything we can to protect two of these amazing creatures, the government of Japan is preparing to kill 50 of them later this year!

Both of us were thrilled by Lauren Hutton. Lauren is a big supporter of the whales and has been on board IFAW’s Song of the Whale research vessel. Lauren said she is greatly encouraged by Henry’s effort in helping to save the whales. She said Henry’s devotion to the cause gives her hope that Henry’s generation will be able to see and enjoy whales in the future. (Way to go, Henry!)

Santa_monica We had great media turnout at the event today to help spread our message even further. KCAL's Kater Lee did a live take and we got to watch it air from the news van. (We felt like celebrities ourselves!) We also had local Fox and NBC affiliates, the Santa Monica Daily Press, Reuters print and broadcast, and a photographer from the World Picture Network. As we departed we did a quick interview with the San Francisco Chronicle and are hoping it will appear in the paper tomorrow morning before our event at the San Francisco airport at 10:00 AM PT.

As we kick off the west coast leg of the tour, we are reflecting on the amazing support we’ve received across the country. We can’t express enough how pleased and encouraged we are with the response of people everywhere we’ve been. We realize there is quite a level of urgency to protect the whales, particularly now.

As we fly over the Pacific Ocean, I remind Henry that we have taken the Whale Plane from sea to shining sea. It is comforting to know that for now, the whales are swimming through the ocean beneath us, and so we continue on our journey to keep it this way!

Comments: 14

 
Anonymous
8 years ago

Hay Henry, hows it going? I can't believe your in Alaska! Your sooo lucky to be going on this trip. Your videos are coming out great.I go on the websight for an update every day. I am so glad you got to see those 2 whales in California. You haven't missed much good weather, we are getting a lot of rain here. I can't wait until you come back to the Cape.
-Victoria

 
Anonymous
8 years ago

Hello Ramages-
I just can't believe it! Henry, you are so mature on camera! If I was in the spotlight, I'd have a laughing fit and the mayors would look at me funny. Anyway, I just LOVE what your doing, and if I'd have the chance, I'd take it in a second, because I absolutly love animals, but anyway-
Have a Safe Trip!(Keep us updated!)-
<3 Emma

 
Anonymous
8 years ago

Hey Henry - I LOVE looking at the updates on the web site. I think what you are doing is fantastic and it could really make an impact on saving the whales. Cape Cod is proud of you and we all can't wait to have you back home. I am so jealous that you are on a cross country tour missing all this school and lousy weather. Oh well, good luck on saving all those humpacks and their friends and we'll see you soon !!!

 
Anonymous
8 years ago

P.S. You're missing all the cold and rain. Oh and Lynne says hi also. Give everyone up there my regards!
Tayler

 
Anonymous
8 years ago

Whats up Henry! Greetings from CC. I love the May 18th video. Tell the Australian guy Andrew, John, Emma and me say hi. Aslo say that we're sorry for not knowing his name. I hope you get to see those Humpbacks in the Pacific. Try speaking whale, it could help.
Good Luck tomorrow!
Tayler

 
Anonymous
8 years ago

Hey Henry & Patrick,
Do you have the time to think about us small people back on Cape Cod? I'm green with envy, and you haven't even reached Alaska. I did a Japan report and included that they whaled. Prove me wrong Henry, prove me wrong!
Have a safe trip,
Emma
P.S: Keep the people who wanted to go updated, it's hard not to think about our friend going on a cross country flight to save a species.<3

 
Anonymous
8 years ago

Henry and Patrick we are enjoying watching your journey on the whale plane from the east now the west coast. Enjoy it all it most be a fabulous experience. Best to all. The Hinckleys from rainy Cape Cod.

 
Anonymous
8 years ago

Hey Henry, the big cities look like fun! Andrew stills wishes he could have gone (as with all of us) and John still wants a whale. You must've met so many interesting people now, I can't wait until you're back to tell us about it.
Tayler

 
Anonymous
8 years ago

I hope your trip is going good for you and I hope you have a good time all over the country. I hope people listen to the message about not killing whales.
good bye christian

 
Anonymous
8 years ago

Greetings cousin Patrick and Henry,
Our Aunt Mimi is keeping us abreast of what is going on with you on your exciting flight. It is interesting how you came to California just as we in Northern California are trying to re route 2 wayward whales in the Sacramento River. It has caused quite a stir up here in my neck of the woods.
Looking forward to watching the rest of your journey for this great cause.
Cousin Debbie and girls

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