IFAW brings Whale Trail to Cape and Islands

Tuesday, 7 March, 2006
Yarmouth Port, MA
IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) announced today that it is the educational sponsor of The Whale Trail, a public art and conservation event that begins in May and runs through September. The Whale Trail will feature more than 100 whale sculptures displayed publicly across Cape Cod and the Islands. The sculptures are six-foot long fiberglass replicas of sperm and right whales – each decorated by a local artist.

“We hope these inspiring works of art will help encourage an appreciation of whales, which are some of nature's greatest masterpieces,” said Patrick Ramage, IFAW’s Director of Communications.

The whales will be unveiled on May 22 at The Four Points Sheraton in Hyannis and displayed publicly through September. The final Whale Trail event will be an auction held on September 23. Proceeds from auctioned whales will be split between non-profits and artists.

IFAW protects whales by opposing commercial whaling, supporting responsible whale watching, promoting whale sanctuaries, conducting scientific research and educating the public about the threats facing whales.

The Whale Trail is sponsored by IFAW and the Creative Arts Center in Chatham. It is directed by an advisory committee of community and business leaders and coordinated by K&M Productions LLC in Mystic, Connecticut. For more information visit, www.thewhaletrail.com

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