Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Talk Explores Whale Sanctuary Project | Outside


Posted on August 22, 2022
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Charles Vinick presents Keiko, the ‘Free Willy’ whale back in the wild. (Charles Vinick)

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) presents Whales Without Walls: The Whale Sanctuary Project, at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 15, an in-person lecture by Charles Vinick, Executive Director of the Whale Sanctuary Project. SBMM is located at the Santa Barbara Waterfront Center, 113 Harbor Way, Ste. 190.

The conference is free for SBMM Navigator Circle members, $10 for all other members, and $20 for non-members. There will be a pre-conference reception for members only from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.; become a member at

While there are sanctuaries for elephants, chimpanzees and big cats around the world, there aren’t any for cetaceans — yet, Vinick said. The Whale Sanctuary’s vision is of a world in which captive cetaceans (whales and dolphins) are treated with respect and no longer confined to concrete tanks in amusement parks and aquariums, he said. .

Vinick will discuss what it takes to identify and acquire a suitable sanctuary location, as well as what an authentic whale sanctuary is and how the Port Hilford, Nova Scotia Whale Sanctuary is designed to establish the gold standard for many more which can then be built all over the world in the years to come.

Visit or call 805-962-8404 to learn more.


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