Wednesday, July 25, 2012

This Week in PTown - Whale Week: A Celebration of the Sea

The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies has scheduled their second annual week-long celebration of the abundant marine wildlife that's found in the waters surrounding Provincetown.  All events have a marine theme, are family-friendly, and most events are free. Today, July 25th, there's a special puppet and live action theater program for kids at Provincetown Town Hall, at 260 Commercial Street, at 11 AM and 4 PM. This program will tell the story of Ibis, the first whale ever to be disentangled by the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies many years ago. Scientists from the center know these whales so well that they know many of them by name, and will give a name to a new whale when they encounter one they've never met before. A catalog of photos and notes on these whales is kept, and now scientists around the world can recognize these whales and know them by name, adding more notes to the file when they find these whales in other waters far from Provincetown shores.
This theater program is sponsored by the Josephine Foundation and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. I found this photo of the rescue of Ibis on the WhaleNet page of Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts. They have a lot of information about whales and other species and programs on this website. Click to find a link to this particular page and this photo:
Thursday, July 26th, there will be a lecture on whales of Cape Cod at 11 AM at the Provincelands Visitor Center, located on Race Point Road. There's also a workshop on landscape photography Thursday evening at the same venue at 6 PM.  Bring a camera, tripod, and your photographic eye. Reservations required. Call PCCS at 508-487-3623 x 103 to register. Both of these are free events.
On Friday, July 27th, at the Bas Relief Park on Bradford Street, behind Town Hall, there will be Whale Olympics, arts and crafts, fun and games for the whole family, beginning at 10 AM. This is also a free event.
Friday, July 27th,  there will be a Sunset Whale Watch Cruise with Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies. Meet at MacMillan Pier. Departure is at 5 PM. Take this Cruise with PCCS scientists aboard the Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch vessel. Learn about whales from the scientists that have been studying them for 35 years. This is a benefit for PCCS research, rescue and education programs. There will be a picnic supper along with beer and wine. For details contact Jesse Mechling at 508-487-3623 x 103 or email
For more information about Whale Week, you can visit or call Jesse Mechling at 508-487-3623 x103. A full calendar of events is also available on the Center's Facebook page

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