Steve Backshall - WhaleFest Guest Director
Natural history TV presenter, adventurer and author, Steve, shares tales of his adventures filming and freediving with whales around the world. Saturday 14th
WHALE GRAVEYARD - On Brighton beach we mourn and honour the thousands of dolphins and whales that have died in captivity with an incredible art installation on the beach opposite the Brighton Centre - ’Setting Captive Spirits Free’. This was inspired by the ‘Captivity Kills’ display created by Earthrace Conservation. This amazing, candlelit creation opened to the public a week before WhaleFest.
BRIGHTON EVENT, MARCH 2015
is the biggest event of its kind, supporting the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA).
WhaleFest is a not-for-profit event which raises funds for the WCA. The WCA is the only global partnership of organisations and individuals working to protect whales and
dolphins. With Jean-Michel Cousteau as Honorary President, the WCA campaigned on two key issues at WhaleFest 2014: raising awareness of the plight of
orcas and other cetaceans held in captivity. Meanwhile the last 50 Maui’s
dolphins are staring extinction in the face whilst the
New Zealand Government fails to take genuine action to protect them and their habitat.
HUMPBACK WHALES - are among the most intelligent of creatures, hunted illegally by certain countries to near extinction, they inspired Jameson Hunter to pen his story about one whale and an adventurer that were bound together on a course with destiny. Sydney harbour is the location for chapter 4 (order may be subject to editorial revision).
The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 metres (39–52 ft) and weigh approximately 36,000 kilograms (79,000 lb). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with unusually long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. An acrobatic animal known for breaching and slapping the water with its tail and pectorals, it is popular with whale watchers off the coasts of Australasia and the Americas. Males produce a complex song lasting 10 to 20 minutes, which they repeat for hours at a time. Its purpose is not clear, though it may have a role in mating.
In 2015 passions will be stirred by live performances, films, prose, talks, comedy, exhibitions, music and inspiring activities for all ages as we take the big stories to the biggest audience! Campaigning once more to see whales and dolphins released from tanks to live wild and free, WhaleFest
once again attracted people from all over the world as they entertain an audience of 12,000+ from over 40 countries.
Phone: +44 (0)1273 355011
GREAT WHITE SHARK - (Carcharodon carcharias), also known as the great white, white pointer, white shark, or white death, is a species of large lamniform shark which can be found in the coastal surface waters of all the major oceans. The great white shark is mainly known for its size, with mature individuals growing up to 6.4 m (21 ft) in length (although reports have been published of great white sharks measuring over 8 m (26 ft), and 3,324 kg (7,328 lb) in weight). This shark reaches its maturity around 15 years of age and was previously believed to have a life span of over 30 years. The true lifespan of great white sharks is far longer; now estimated to be as long as 70 years or more, making it one of the longest lived cartilaginous fish currently
known. Male great white sharks take 26 years to reach sexual maturity, while the females take a whopping 33 years to be ready to produce offspring. Great white sharks can accelerate to over 56 km/h (35 mph).
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The slaughter of intelligent creatures is not justifiable on any grounds. Whaling must be permanently outlawed as a matter of international law. There is no will or motivation by the IWC or member countries to enforce the IWC ban on whaling because the countries which should be doing the enforcing are too busy making money at the whales' expense.
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