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Maria Mitchell Association | Nantucket, MA

A Whale of an Auction

Sunday, August 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) will hold a reception and auction highlighting the dangers of plastic flotsam in our oceans through sculptures made from plastic beach trash. The auction will be held at the MMA’s property located at 33 Washington Street, …

Whales on Nantucket

Have You Seen the Whales?

by Dr. Sarah T. Bois, Director of Research & Education for the Linda Loring Nature Foundation It’s not surprising to hear people talking about whales as you walk along the streets of Nantucket. Between the museums, the historic homes, and cobblestones, whales are front and center. The latest discussion however …

Whales | Photo by Mike Shuster

The Grace of Whales

by Robert P. Barsanti We believe in summer sun, but the truth of Nantucket is fog. Nantucket lies near the confluence of the warm water Gulf Stream with the Canadian Labrador current. The waters mix and mist over the shallow water of the George’s Bank, and the sand bars leading …

Nan Daeschler Hauser

Whale Tales from the South Pacific

World-renowned ocean conservationist Nan Daeschler Hauser will present a lecture entitled South Pacific Whale Tales: A Perspective of Whales, Then and Now  Wednesday, July 5 at 6 pm in the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street. Hauser will highlight a variety of topics, including the history of South Pacific whaling across …

Humpback Whale | Nantucket, MA

Hump(b)ACKs

~ by Dr. Sarah D. Oktay, Director, University of Massachusetts Nantucket Field Station ~ One of the many luxuries that Nantucket visitors can experience is the chance to see a humpback whale, and just a few weeks ago we had one cavorting very close to the island in the shallow …

Balloons Away

• by Dr. Sarah D. Oktay – Director, University of Massachusetts Nantucket Field Station • On April 22nd we will celebrate the 45th Earth Day. It is hard to believe that 45 years have passed since the first Earth Day. As citizens of the planet, we have come a long …

Orcas: Too Big to Hold

• by Dr. Sarah D. Oktay, Managing Director UMass Boston Nantucket Field Station • I just got back from the Nantucket Film Festival’s (NFF) showing of “Blackfish”, an excellent and provocative documentary describing in excruciating detail the many issues of keeping Killer Whales (Orcinus orca) in captivity. The majority of …

Among the Whales

by Dr. Sarah D. Oktay Managing Director UMass Boston Nantucket Field Station I have friends visiting me from the Pacific Northwest and Texas this weekend and I have enjoyed taking them around the island to the many places that makes Nantucket so special. One of my favorites is the Nantucket …

Tooth and Nail – Ivory throughout the Ages

by Dr. Sarah D. Oktay Managing Director UMass Boston Nantucket Field Station For the second time this past week I was fortunate to be in the Nantucket Whaling Museum accompanying a group of students.  Each year I take 10-15 groups there and I never tire of seeing the exhibits.  I …