Have you ever wondered what it would look like inside a whale? Here is your chance, and you don't even have to get your feet wet! Come meet Nile, a 43 ft., life-sized inflatable whale based on a female humpback whale born in 1987 who often summers off the coast of Massachusetts. Cynde will bring small groups inside the belly of Nile to teach kids (and adults!) about the ocean, the anatomy of whales and what they eat. Once the visit inside the belly of the whale is complete, there will be a series of interative activities, including getting to hold actual whale teeth! Hopefully this visit will inspire our next generation of ocean advocates. All attendees, ages 3 and up (parents included) will require a ticket in order to attend.
If you come in early, from 10:00-10:20pm, Cynde will conduct a brief presentation about whales and their habitats to get you familiarized with what you'll see inside the belly of Nile!
Registration will open Friday, July 5th at 10:00am.
Cynde McInnis grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Oddly enough, although surrounded by farms, she fell in love with whales at the age of eight. In 1994, she graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Psychology, focusing on learning and development. In August 1994, she interned with Ocean Alliance and Cape Ann Whale Watch of Gloucester, MA. Told she would eat, sleep and think whales, she thought, “What could be better?”
This three-month internship turned into a career, and for the past 21 years, she has developed and led Cape Ann Whale Watch’s Field Research and Marine Education Internship, training over 75 interns and numerous volunteers in data collection techniques and presentation of educational programs aboard whale watch boats. She has led around 2000 whale watch trips and taught tens of thousands of people about whales and the threats they face in our oceans today.
In 2002, she completed a master’s degree from Lesley University, in Interdisciplinary Studies, creating her own program of study focusing on whale watch education. For her thesis, she developed a curriculum for whale watch trips; to cultivate respect for our oceans, to educate about their environmental threats and to inspire people to make a commitment towards their protection.
For more information about Cynde & Nile, visit the Whale Mobile Website at: http://www.thewhalemobile.com/