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Mariachi Del Sol
Mariachi del Sol
L-R: Jesus Hernandez, Maris Sidenstecker II, Jose Hernandez, 
Maris Sidenstecker I, Erick Hernandez, Sunset Theater, Carmel, CA, April 2012 

Fiesta Del Mar

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Sunday,October 20, 2013

10am - 6pm  


Jose Hernandez will be honored at the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Fiesta del Mar event for his environmental work to educate the public about the plight of the vaquita porpoise. Save The Whales and Jose partnered to produce Public Service Announcements about the panda of the sea, the most endangered porpoise in the world. The vaquita is a small porpoise that lives in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico, and there are only between 150-200 animals remaining.

Celebrate ocean conservation and Latin American cultural traditions on a day. that includes live music, cultural dance, bilingual feeding shows, crafts for kids and more. Children 12 and under admitted free all day. Learn how to help the vaquita and listen to a live performance by Mariachi del Sol at 2:30 pm.   

Admission to the aquarium includes all of the regular Aquarium exhibits plus the performance by Jose and his orchestra. Save The Whales will be at the event distributing educational materials, and our life-sized baby vaquita model "Hope" will be in attendance.
We are so pleased that this event will bring more attention to saving the vaquita. A craft room will have vaquita projects for children and bilingual speakers will be present.

It promises to be great fun for everyone. If you are not a member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, a daily visit is $34.95 for adults, $31.95 for student/senior, and free admission for children under 12. This includes
all of the displays and the orchestra's performance.



We hope to see you there!


Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940


T Jefferson vaquita photo
The shy "panda of the sea" in the Sea of Cortez.
© Dr. Thomas A. Jefferson

The above photo was taken under permit (Oficio No. DR/488/08 from the Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturale Protegidas (CONANP/Secretaría del Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT), within a natural protected area subject to special management and decreed as such by the Mexican Government. This work was made possible thanks to the collaboration and support of the Coordinador de Investigación y Conservación de Mamíferos Marinos at the Instituto Nacional de Ecología (INE).



We know that most of you can't be at the Aquarium to celebrate with us. You can help the vaquita through some of the links in this Eletter. Be sure and tell friends and fellow students about the critical need to save this small mammal. Financial aid also helps us work with Centro Intercultural de Estudios de Desiertos y Océanos, A.C. (CEDO) in Mexico where we have funded vaquita coloring books to children with Spanish text (also available in English) and provided funds for dataloggers so fishermen will know when they have entered vaquita-protected territory.
Many people don't know about this struggle going on south of the U.S. border. Vaquita territory is a mere four-hour drive from San Diego, CA.

Help us get the word out. Thank you.

!Viva Vaquita!

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Maris Sidenstecker I
Executive Director
Co-Founder - Save The Whales 
Save The Whales
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Learn About Efforts to Save Vaquita

Save The Whales is part of Viva Vaquita, a coalition working to  prevent extinction of the vaquita.

Vaquita Background

Learn more about the shy  vaquita,  

Vaquita Hope

Gift Items

Adoption Kit

You can learn more about the "panda of the sea" by adopting a vaquita. The kit includes: 


Tom Jefferson vaquita photo;

Personalized gift certificate;

Vaquita "dog tags";

4-pg color vaquita newsletter;

Letter to be signed and mailed to U.N.;


Save The Whales and vaquita window stickers.


$25 each, includes postage and handling.



"Dog Tags"


These dog tags affirm your commitment to saving vaquita, the most endangered porpoise in the world.
At the same time, your tags will invite inquiries about the vaquita.

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