Whales are big. Really big. In fact in ‘50 Things to do Before You Die’, BBC viewers put whale watching as their No.4 ‘must do’. Diving the Great Barrier Reef and diving with sharks were Nos. 2 and 5. Swimming with wild dolphins was a clear winner at No1 . . . we love marine life!
WhaleFest 2012 - the world’s biggest celebration of wild whales and dolphins - was a runaway success and gave those people just what they were looking for!
Held 27-28 October 2012, nearly 6000 people attended – double the previous year’s total - and there were double the number of exhibitors too. One hundred organisations and businesses from 37 countries took part – from as far afield as Tonga, Chile, Japan, Iceland, Colombia, New Zealand, USA and Canada.
WhaleFest is organised by co-founders Ian Rowlands and Dylan Walker of Planet Whale. The festival brings together whale watch operators, non-profit organisations, governments and the public, with the aim of creating a world-wide community that will change the way we view whales and dolphins forever.
And it’s fun! At WhaleFest 2012 there were talks, movies, try-dive tank, go inside-a-whale, a Whale Sanctuary, Ocean Story Tellers, and so much more. Plus we were in schools, train stations, cafes and restaurants, on the streets, painting whale murals on walls and floors, displaying life-sized whales, and an awesome benefit gig too.
Held at The Hilton Brighton Metropole hotel, the event marked the 30th anniversary of the world's governments voting to suspend the hunting of whales, which was announced outside the hotel in 1982.
Be part of something big. Be part of WhaleFest 2014, 14-16 March.
More info at whale-fest.com.
Thank you to WhaleFest 2012 sponsors Hilton, Visit Azores, DFDS Seaways and Sri Lanka Tourism. Supporting sponsors were ASCOBANS, Gardline Environmental, Futurismo Azores Whale Watching, CMS (Convention on Migratory Species), Southern Water, Midnight Communications, and Big Green Factory. The event was endorsed by Brighton & Hove City Council, Visit Britain and Visit Brighton.