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!
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!)
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!