1st Whale Cultural Festival
Date:March 14th and 15th
Place:Sea boardwalk, in Ensenada, B. C.
Activities:artistic activities, such as narrations, video and documentary screenings, dance, and local music groups.
Organizers:Proturismo de Ensenada (the Municipal Agency in charge of promoting tourism), and the Port Administration of Ensenada.
On March 14th and 15th, the “1st Whale Cultural Festival” took place at the Sea boardwalk, in Ensenada, B. C. The event was carried out by Proturismo de Ensenada (the Municipal Agency in charge of promoting tourism), and the Port Administration of Ensenada.
During the festival, there were musical interventions, dance and video exhibits that showed the importance of the conservation of marine species, such as birds, marine mammals and their habitats where they live, including, of course, the different whales in our region.
Pro Esteros participated along with many other associations such as: Museo Caracol, Investigación y Conservación de Mamíferos Marinos de Ensenada (ICMME), Indómita – Aventuras Educativas, Club de Modelismo Naval y Artesanal, WildCoast, and Grupo de Ecología y Conservación de Islas (GECI). We also had the presence of academic institutions, such as: Centro de Investigación Científica y Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE) y Centro de Estudios Tecnológicos del Mar (CETMar No. 11).
The exhibitors had the opportunity to talk and deliver information about whales and their distribution in our seas, as well as other marine species, all this accompanied by educational activities such as painting, drawing and recreational activities. In addition to educational activities, there were also several artistic activities, such as narrations, video and documentary screenings, dance, and presentation of local music groups.
Our association was in charge of providing information on the characteristics of the different species of whales that inhabit our seas, especially the Gray Whale which each year comes from the Arctic passing through our coasts to follow its migration route to the wetlands of our peninsula, where they can find warmer waters to continues with their reproduction process and give birth to its calf. The wetlands that the Gray Whale visits during the winter are Laguna Ojo de Liebre, Laguna San Ignacio and Bahía Magdalena in Baja California Sur.
Through games and drawing activities, we told attendees about the importance of caring for Gray Whale and the wetlands they use for its reproduction and breeding in the Baja California peninsula. We hope this event is the first of many whale festivals to take place in our city, to remember the importance and majesty of these ocean giants.
credits: Diana Valeria Cazares Viera