The Schoodic Institute sincerely thanks Bar Harbor Resorts and the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company for a beautiful sunset whale watching cruise on July 12. The benefit event drew more than 160 passengers who were treated to unforgettable sightings of Atlantic white-sided dolphins and a pair of humpback whales who surfaced and displayed their flukes around the boat for more than an hour.
Harlan Wechsler of Southwest Harbor joined the benefit event in the hope of fulfilling a long-time dream. “I’ve always wanted to see a whale and this is the first time I’ve ever seen one,” said Wechsler. “I’ve been on other boats and failed, but I figured if the Schoodic Institute was behind the event, the whales would appear, and I was right.”
“We are really pleased to give back to Acadia National Park and support Schoodic Institute in their mission, which in turn means so much to our businesses and our guests who come from all over the world to experience this place,” said Eben Salvatore, Director of Bar Harbor Resorts, the parent company that owns and operates Bar Harbor Whale Watch.
“Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company reaches thousands of visitors to our region and Acadia, connecting them to the wonders of our oceans,” said Mark Berry, President & CEO of Schoodic Institute. “We’re extremely grateful they offer this special trip as a benefit in support of Schoodic Institute’s mission to provide opportunities for greater understanding and respect for nature through research, learning opportunities and innovative partnership programs.”
“We absolutely have common goals; our guide staff is constantly striving to communicate science effectively and we have a number of citizen science projects we are pursuing,” said Klyver. “We couldn’t be more pleased to partner with and support the Schoodic Institute.”
Susan Patten of 93.7 the Wave attended and composed this recap of the many highlights and partnerships between the Schoodic Institute, OceansWide Marine Science Camp, and Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company.