Ocean night tonight: Whales!

Showing at ATL tonight!

Whales take center stage at the Arcata Theatre Lounge tonight for Ocean Night, a monthly, all-ages event hosted by Ocean Conservancy, Humboldt Surfrider and Humboldt Baykeeper. The night begins with an exploration into the life and work of whale biologist and activist Roger Payne in “A Life Among Whales.” Payne’s discovery in the early 1970s that whales sing “songs” helped ignite the modern day environmental movement and he continues to advance the boundaries of science and activism over the last four decades.

The film explores Payne’s tireless and passionate fight to ban whaling — a ban which today, 20 years after an international moratorium was imposed is threatened — and follows him to his present day study of ocean pollution and his work with The Ocean Alliance. Note: Ocean Night is an all-ages event, but “A Life Among Whales” contains images which may disturb some people.

The evening includes Humboldt State University professor Dawn Goley presenting footage and discussion of the mother whale and calf that spent several weeks in the Klamath River.

Surf movies will run before and after.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., movies start at 7 p.m. and a raffle takes place after the second film.

Donations appreciated!

Ocean news: Shark riding, whale killing, environmental oversight (or lack of), endless oil

From the Honolulu Advertiser, a wild shark tale (no surfers injured in this one, although a board sustained serious damage).

While on the shark’s back, he decided it would probably be a good idea to detach himself from the board, which was still in the shark’s mouth, he said.

L.A. Times evaluates the IWC’s plan to allow commercial whaling.

It says in essence that all a nation has to do to escape the commission’s official disapproval is refuse to cooperate long and hard enough.

NPR reports Gulf oil spill much worse than previously disclosed (with audio/video).

The amount of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico may be at least 10 times the size of official estimates, according to an exclusive analysis conducted for N

From the Washington Post, news that the Mineral Management Services agency reform is in the works per Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

He planned to split the section that ensures energy companies comply with federal safety and environmental laws from the part that reaps billions in drilling royalties each year. [emphasis ours]

They’re doing their part to look environmental, but they need you to meet them halfway and believe they’re environmental.

Volunteer for “Oceans”!

We have a rare opportunity to table at Broadway Cinema for the opening of Disney’s new, amazing ”Oceans” movie.

Volunteers are needed for the following times:

  • Friday, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. (movie plays at 11:45 a.m.)

All volunteers will receive a free pass to ”Oceans” as thanks! Email Jennifer at humboldt@surfrider.org ASAP to sign up! Thanks! And please check the movie out regardless – it’s supposed to be amazing! We really appreciate Coming Attractions‘ support!

Blue is the new Green and other ocean news

Blue is the new Green

Oil drilling: still risky

And again, the ocean is not our dumping ground.

Sperm whale off Humboldt coast

Dead whale at Houda Point

Witnesses report a dead, juvenile gray whale washed up on the north side of Houda Point, next to the “cave rock.” Could’ve contributed to last night’s shark encounter at Camel.

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