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OUR RACE SUPPORTS THE FESTIVAL OF WHALES FOUNDATION

The Festival of Whales Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, was created to inform, inspire and attract residents of Dana Point, California and visitors from around the world to the annual Festival of Whales event so they may learn about the importance of ocean life protection and preservation. The annual migration of the California Gray Whale provides the perfect opportunity to share this critical message about the protection and preservation of our marine life and also educate the public on water quality issues.

The Foundation brings together the greater community of Dana Point as well as community members and non-profits from around Southern California to focus on these issues and bring greater awareness to the need to partner to bring about a difference in attitude and action. By promoting individual, civic and corporate responsibility for keeping our oceans clean within a fun, festival atmosphere, we are confident that we will make a difference and spread this important message far beyond our own community.

Learn more about the Festival of Whales

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DANA POINT NAMED FIRST WHALE HERITAGE SITE IN NORTH AMERICA

Dana Point is officially the first Whale Heritage Site in the Americas, as established by the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA), the world’s largest marine conservation partnership.
 

The WCA is an organization that promotes safe and sustainable whale watching. A Whale Heritage Site is defined by the WCA as “an outstanding location where cetaceans (whales, dolphins, or porpoises) are embraced through the cultural, economic, social, and political lives of associated communities, and where people and cetaceans coexist in an authentic and respectful way.”
 

Donna Kalez and Gisele Anderson, co-directors of the Dana Point Whale Watching Company, began the application process early in 2020 after successfully trademarking Dana Point as the Dolphin & Whale Capital of the World in 2019.  Kalez is the general manager of Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, and Anderson operates Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari with husband Dave Anderson.

Read More (via Dana Point Times)

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