How Would You Rescue An Entangled Whale?

An Art Contest Presented in Conjunction with the Festival of Whales

Enter to win FREE whale watching tickets on “Fast Cat” or a special discount on Festival of Whales trips!

Rescue Team Attempts to Help Entangled Blue Whale

In June 2016 trained rescue team members including Captains Dave Anderson and Tom Southern, along with other team members from Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari, and Justin Viezbicke, the California Stranding Network Coordinator with National Marine Fisheries, attempted to disentangle the largest animal on earth, a blue whale. The rescue attempt off the coast of Southern California aboard Capt. Dave’s high-speed rigid hull inflatable catamaran (RHIB), FAST CAT, captured nationwide attention.

Nearly 1,000 dolphins and whales worldwide are estimated to die every day because of fishing gear entanglement.
 

Now it’s your turn to be a part of the rescue team!

Imagine if you were part of the Entanglement Response Network and saw a whale in distress. Using our high-speed inflatable, FAST CAT, how would you have helped the animal?

Upload Your Artwork
Submit original artwork showing how you would help disentangle a whale or portray a scene where the whale is free. Artwork must include our catamaran FAST CAT (see photos of the boat below).  Please be sure to include your name in the description and a valid email address so we can contact you. 
Accepted file formats: JPG, PNG, PDF, TIFF, PSD. Maximum file size: 5 GB.

Prizes
12 Grand Prize Winners will each receive two free tickets to join us on a 90-minute dolphin and whale watching safari aboard FAST CAT.

Each runner-up will receive $10.00 off any Capt. Dave’s whale watching safari during the 46th annual Dana Point Festival of Whales (March 4 – 5 and 11 – 12, 2017)!

All ages are welcome to participate. Entries must be received no later than midnight on February 28, 2017. The first 6 Grand Prize winners will be announced on March 2, 2017. The remaining 6 Grand Prize winners will be announced on March 9, 2017. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for contest announcements!

 

About FAST CAT

Captain Dave’s zodiac whale watching boat is designed to get small groups up-close with whales, dolphins, and other marine wildlife like no other vessel. Comfortable and upscale, Fast Cat features heavily padded seats with seat backs, large custom sunshade, custom teak floor, and a unique catamaran hull designed for a smoother, more stable ride than ordinary rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs). The special wide, rectangular, bow area of this catamaran is perfect for dolphin viewing as they bow ride within arm’s reach. Fast Cat has passed a series of rigorous Coast Guard Safety inspections to become the first and only U.S. Coast Guard inspected RHIB in Orange County.

 

Learn More About Entangled Whales

Entangled Humpback Whale

Capt. Dave Presents Entangled Whales: What Can We Do?
A special presentation in conjunction with the Dana Point Festival of Whales

When: Saturday, March 11
Time: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Aventura Sailing Association, 24707 Dana Drive, Dana Point, CA
Cost: FREE

Join Captain Dave for an informative presentation about whale entanglement and rescue. Learn about recent disentanglements that Captain Dave and others were hands-on involved with, including the first disentanglement effort of a blue whale that recently made national headlines. You’ll discover more about what is being done to help these animals, including new equipment Capt. Dave is developing for tracking whales, and also what you can to do, (such as buying U.S. caught fish), to make a difference.

Throughout the presentation you’ll enjoy amazing, never-before-seen rescue footage and drone video, and have the opportunity to look at and touch the special equipment used to help entangled whales. Captain Dave believes it is critical to let people know that that nearly 1,000 dolphins and whales are estimated to die every day worldwide in fishing gear entanglement. He has been able to share this information through many of the television shows he has been featured on such as The Ellen Show, CBS this Morning, National Geographic, the Today Show and many others, and through his book and his videos which have reached over 25 million views on YouTube.

Captain Dave organized Orange County’s first whale disentanglement group in 2008. As part of a network of NOAA trained disentanglement teams he has been hands-on involved with multiple disentanglement efforts in coordination with NOAA. Captain Dave is also a marine naturalist, award winning wildlife filmmaker, author, conservationist, whale watching captain and YouTube vlogger.