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 Save The Whales' mission is to preserve and

 protect the ocean and its inhabitants.


Dee, the Beautiful Whale,
Continues to Inspire Students

Instructor Amanda Good inside the whale, explains how plastic litter can kill whales.
In 2016, Dee McMillan of Texas was a victim of cyberbullying at her high school. A facebook posting showed a photo of her and the caption DEE THE FAT WHALE.
She went home, devastated, but not defeated. With a friend's help she designed a tee-shirt that said: 
Dee, The Fat Whale Saves the Whales.  
Her efforts raised an impressive $8,000 and enabled us to purchase the inflatable whale built to our specifications. Dee is a life-sized whale at 43 feet and students love to go inside her and view her organs. 

The following is a review written by Jessica V. Allen, PrincipaI, International School of Monterey. 

I am writing to let everyone know of the quality and impact that Dee the Beautiful Whale program had on the students wowed by the realization of the size of the whale and all of its biological features, but they were also touched and moved by the other messages that were also included in the program.  
Following the program they showed in their actions that they were much more conscious of their impact on their environment and we noticed students caring more about litter and not using plastic. In addition, the heartwarming message of anti-bullying is crafted delicately in the presentation and it is clearly visible on the face of the students when they find out that humpback whales don't let other animals bully. 
After the program, students were willing to work together as a team to support one another and be more aware of bullying behavior.  In addition to the great program, Ms. Sidenstecker and the other presenters were approachable and knowledgeable and were deft at working with all levels and needs of students.  I couldn't recommend the program enough!

  Vaquita Capture
Ends in Tragedy

The capture and tragic death of a female vaquita will end attempts to catch this shy and elusive mammal.  Not only did the female die the day after the capture process, but a vaquita calf was caught earlier in the month and released when its condition began to deteriorate. Whether it found its mother and survived is unknown.
With the best of intentions, a group of experienced marine mammal scientists had made careful plans for the vaquita to breed in sea pens. The captured female was taken to a floating sea pen known as El Nido, the nest. The vaquitas were to be held here, near the town of San Felipe, Baja, Mexico, approximating their ocean home.
The plan was to release the vaquitas as the population grew. The captured female would be kept with other vaquitas as they were captured. However, when her health began to deteriorate, the veterinary team began life-saving measures but they were unsuccessful.
Many people were opposed to the capture process but there weren't a lot of options left for the vaquita. This tragedy was forecast by some but others remained optimistic, and thought it was the last and best chance for the vaquita. It is estimated there are 23 vaquitas remaining on the planet.
The Vaquita CPS (Conservation Protection Recovery) group was in charge of the capture and is meeting to decide what to do, but it is definitely not going to do captures. 
Save The Whales has asked that the funds be used for enforcement to protect the remaining animals.

Happy Holidays to You, Your Family and Friends

The whales, dolphins and the smallest porpoise on earth - the vaquita - is slipping away, and we can't expect any help from the Administration.
Do all that you can by contributing to the environmental group of your choice, by voting for environmental candidates, keeping beaches clean and never release balloons. Do not let plastics enter the waterways.The environment is under assault, and we must do all that we can to protect it.
Thank you for all that you do.

Maris Sidenstecker I 
President Co-Founder - Save The Whales
501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Save The Whales
Voted Top-Rated Nonprofit 2017
Gift Giving Suggestions

There are some beautiful presents depicted here.

Uko Gorter Poster

Fabulous educational poster! This newly updated poster depicts 90 species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises.  
Illustrator, Uko Gorter. 
Measures 26 x 38.
Enlarge the poster 

Sperm Whale Tiles measure  6x6.
There are four designs of these lovely tiles: orca, beluga mother and calf, and humpback mother and calf, in addition to the sperm whale above.
Made in the U.S

STW l/s white tshirt
This T-shirt design done by 14-YO Maris, started Save The Whales; also comes in short sleeves.

Knee socks keep you warm. Covered with dolphins, even better.

Belt Stolen At Leatherback Sea Turtle Celebration
On October 14, 2017, we participated in Leatherback Sea Turtle Day at the The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center in Santa Cruz. A turtle belt was stolen when the educator left his post for a few minutes.
We have artifacts such as jewelry and hair ornaments made from sea turtles, an endangered species.  
They are confiscated at the border when people attempt to bring them into the United States from Mexico.
The artifacts are permitted to Save The Whales from the government and each piece has an ID number. That number stays with the piece when they are loaned to a nonprofit organization such as Save The Whales.
The belt was part of our school education program where students get to touch and feel artifacts from endangered animals.
The belt is not replaceable, and its loss leaves a hole in our educational artifacts display.

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