Monterey Bay

Sanctuary Sup Series: July 21st


21 Jul, 2020





In an effort to stay connected to our Monterey Bay Sanctuary family, the Foundation has created opportunities to virtually “sup” (share a meal) together while also learning about what’s ‘sup in the Sanctuary.

Our first installment of the series took place on Tuesday, July 21st from noon-1:00pm. Our first guest speaker, Dan Haifley, discussed all the wonderful programs we were able to fund in 2019 thanks to your generous contributions. Our second guest speaker, Hilary Bryant, outlined the Foundation’s plans for 2020 and the ways in which we are pivoting due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Our final guest speaker, Pieter Folkens, was the star of our show! With visual aids, Pieter recounted the recent heartwarming rescue of a humpback whale in our Monterey Bay waters. These sort of rescues can only be possible with the funding of our fantastic supporters!

Watch out for our next installment in the Sanctuary Sup Series – August 19th, noon-1:00pm!

Featured Topic: Wildlife Protection

Dan Haifley is the current Secretary of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Recently, he retired from his role as the Executive Director of the O’Neill Sea Odyssey. Formerly, Dan served as the Chief Aide and District Chief for California State Senator Henry J. Mello as well as the Founding Executive Director of Save Our Shores. Dan loves to write about our wonderful ocean and has been both a columnist for the Santa Cruz Sentinel and a blogger for the Foundation!

Hilary Bryant is the Co-Chair of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation with Secretary Leon Panetta. She is the co-founder of  Buoy Labs, a technology startup that is working to optimize the way we use water. Previously, Hilary served on the Santa Cruz City Council and was the  Santa Cruz City Mayor in 2013. She is also on the board of the Digital NEST, is a Member of Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary, and owns Westside Animal Hospital with her husband David Shuman.

Pieter Folkens is an artist, writer, naturalist, and conservationist who is most recognized for his work regarding marine mammals. He is published in 31 countries and 22 languages with museum installations ranging from Alaska to New Zealand. Pieter has created three-dimensional animatronic whales and dolphins which have appeared in eighteen feature films, eight documentaries, and two television series, including: humpback whales in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, killer whales in Free Willy (I–III), and dolphins in White Squall, SeaQuestDSV, and Flipper (the movie), among others. He is also a Primary Large Whale Disentangler and the co-founder of the California Whale Rescue. 

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