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There She Blows 

Wednesday, Mar 31 2010
You know how most whale-watching trips go, with rum-soaked skippers blasting through pods of dolphins and vomiting over the gunwale to attract sharks. Wait, that was a '80s movie starring Ricardo Montalbán. But most trips aren’t exactly environmental idylls, since the whole point is to get boatloads of tourists within camera distance of minding-their-own-migration whales, holism be damned. Vessel Watch Ocean Expeditions hopes to change that, with three educational whale-watching trips on a mission to raise awareness, focusing on how noise from ship traffic (and propellers) threatens the marine mammals. Each trip on the 65-foot catamaran is staffed by “conservationist-minded” Captain Joe, a marine sanctuaries expert, and a naturalist; the cat lingers in the shipping lanes, listening to ship noise using hydrophones, before heading out to the Farallones.
Sun., April 11, 8 a.m.; Fri., April 23, 8 a.m.; Sat., May 1, 8 a.m., 2010

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