Sitka sets seventh annual WhaleFest

Posted: Sunday, October 26, 2003

Sitka will host its seventh annual WhaleFest on Nov. 7-9. It's a weekend of art, music, science and fun, organizers said.

Ten marine scientists - including Mike Castellini of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, federal researcher Steve Amstrup, and Jan Straley of Sitka - will present seminars on bowhead whales, polar bears and humpback whales.

"Sitka WhaleFest provides a unique forum that brings scientists and communities together," said Andrew Trites, research director at the North Pacific Universities Marine Mammal Research Consortium, in a press release.

This year's event also is spiced with concerts, an art show, daily whale-watching tours, a fun run, and a gourmet banquet with keynote speaker Paul Nicklen, a marine photographer and contributor to National Geographic magazine.

Don Sineti, a sea chanteyman, returns to Sitka by popular demand, bringing to life the historical whaling and mariners' songs.

The University of Alaska Southeast offers the WhaleFest symposium as a one-credit course to interested college students and teachers at a reduced rate.

More information about the WhaleFest is available at

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