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Orca Tour 2014 SANTA CRUZ "Orca, The Whale Called Killer" Presentation by Erich Hoyt
Sanctuary Exploration Center
Santa Cruz, CA
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Orca Tour 2014 SANTA CRUZ "Orca, The Whale Called Killer" Presentation by Erich Hoyt
Join us for this rare Santa Cruz appearance by noted author, whale researcher, and marine conservationist Erich Hoyt. The Santa Cruz event is one of nine stops on Orca Tour 2014, a series of presentations around The Whale Trail, from Saturna BC to Monterey CA.

Your ticket to this event includes a wine and cheese reception prior to Erich's talk.

Doors open at 6 PM.

Note: Tickets are available by advance purchase only and will not be sold at the door. Get tickets now, before they sell out!

About the Speaker

Erich Hoyt's first killer whale expedition to Johnstone Strait sailed from Victoria, BC in June 1973, 40 years ago this June. He proceeded to spend parts of the next 10 summers with orcas, culminating in his now classic book Orca: The Whale Called Killer.

He went on to study and work on conservation projects related to other whales, dolphins, sharks, deep sea creatures, ants and social insects, working in Costa Rica, Japan, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Argentina, Chile and other countries.

In 1999 Erich co-founded the Far East Russia Orca Project (FEROP) to find out more about orca pods targeted for aquarium captures and to get Russian students involved in science and conservation of killer whales in Russian waters.

Now in its 16th year, FEROP has recorded the Russian pods and photo-IDed some 1500 orcas off Kamchatka and in the Commander Islands  including three white orcas found so far in the study areas.

Erich's books will be on sale at the event and can be signed.  

Erich's talk in Santa Cruz is presented by Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries, California State Parks, Monterey History and Art Association, Marine Mammal Center, Monterey Whale Fest, Save the Whales, Marine Life Studies, American Cetacean Society - Monterey Bay Chapter, and The Whale Trail.

Orca Tour 2014 also includes stops in Saturna BC (5/3), Port Townsend WA (5/7), Port Angeles WA (5/8), Newport OR (5/10), San Francisco CA (5/13), Monterey CA (5/14), Santa Cruz CA (5/15), Seattle WA (5/18) and Vancouver BC (5/10).

About The Whale Trail

The Whale Trail (www.thewhaletrail.org) is a series of sites along the west coast where the public may view orcas and other marine mammals from shore.

Our goals are to increase awareness that our marine waters are home to orcas and other species; connect visitors to orcas, other marine wildlife and their habitat; inspire stewardship and build community; promote land-based whale watching. Our over-arching goal is to ensure the southern resident orcas do not go extinct.

The Whale Trail provides simple, powerful, and long-lasting reminders to visitors and residents alike that orcas and other marine mammals live in our waters.  Through our current sites and signs, including two on every Washington State ferry, we reach more than 25 million people each year.

This year, The Whale Trail is partnering with the West Coast Region of National Marine Sanctuaries to establish sites in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Francisco. Our vision of promoting awareness of the endangered southern resident orcas throughout their range is quickly becoming true! Together, we will turn the tide for the whales.

The Whale Trail is a 501©3 organization registered in Washington State.


Sanctuary Exploration Center (View)
35 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
United States


Arts > Literary
Other > Green
Other > Pets & Animals

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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