‘Whale Week’ Celebrates Provincetown’s Marine Environment

Whale WeekPROVINCETOWN – This week in Provincetown celebrates the gentle sea creature found in Cape waters.

Whale Week, created by the Center for Coastal Studies, lasts through July 29th and also celebrates the Center’s 40th anniversary.

The center is known for pioneering whale disentanglement techniques. Now, that experience has been instilled into activities meant to bring awareness to issues affecting whales and all kinds of sea creatures.

Director of Education at the Center Jesse Mechling said the event is meant to celebrate the town’s connection to the marine ecosystem.

”We have special programming that highlights different conservation issues and our marine environment,” he said.

Mechling said he first fell in love with whales at eight years old, and said that many Cape Codders feel a natural connection with the graceful and gentle creatures.

One individual whale, named Salt, has returned to the area for 40 years, each time with a new calf.

Whale Week participants got to observe whales like Salt last year when, from the top of the Pilgrim Monument, they observed whales passing through the channel.

Tuesday will feature that same event at 11:30 a.m.: an “amazing race,” where participants compete to make it to the town’s most iconic locations, learning about their history as they go.

Wednesday will feature tidal flats exploration at 11 a.m. and a build-your-own-boat event at 3 p.m. Builders will learn about the devastating effects of plastic litter on the marine ecosystem by building a boat out of it.

Thursday’s event will race those boats, with builders inside them.

The event caps off with a party on Friday at 10 a.m., featuring marine themed games and competitions for children.

For more information on any of the events, visit coastalstudies.org.

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