Dearest Ocean lovers,
We hope the new year is filled with love and respect, to each other and our precious earth. This year we have whale-sized goals on the horizon, that we would love for you to be a part of.
Last year your kind donations and empathy for the lonely whale, raised over $400,000 -those donations helped accomplish the following:
Supporting the research led by our outstanding group of scientists at the SCRIPPS Institute, and Cascadia Research Collective. Based on their experience, previous research, and new findings, they devised a plan for an expedition in search of “52” the unique whale that calls out at a frequency that no other whale can understand.
The expedition was a success in so many ways, and marks only the beginning for a long term analysis to understand and prove our findings.
Our team is now working on editing all the amazing footage captured, weaving this beautiful story together, while our scientists continue their study.
Now, It’s your turn. You have been faithful and loving supporters of the project. We thank you for that! And now that we have hit the sea, we are ready to send your rewards around the world!! Rewards fulfillment is taking place this Spring, and experiential rewards will take place over the Summer/Fall 2016. We sent address requests via survey for the people that chose certain rewards, and we have what we need to find you. If we have any questions we will email you directly - not to worry.
On the horizon:
With the amazing response from people around the world like you, it became clear that the Lonely Whale story is a perfect way to talk about ocean education and awareness, empathy and conservation. As such, the Lonely Whale Foundation was launched.
*Please note: the Foundation is a not-for-profit effort, funded independently from the Kickstarter program.*
In December, our team travelled to Miami, and to COP 21 in Paris to speak about the oceans with a global community while launching the Lonely Whale Foundation which will execute an in-classroom ocean education unit program nationally. More about that here!
Over the next year, the Lonely Whale Foundation will work directly with The Academy for Global Citizenship and Oceana to develop and launch a Kindergarten through 6th grade unit based, IB curriculum program.
With the goal of creating an in-classroom program that's easily received by ALL students, and accessible in schools that are not necessarily in coastal communities, AGC and Oceana will take ocean noise pollution research. combine them with in-classroom IB standards and develop Lonely Whale curriculum packages that are easily accessible, approachable, and love-able.
The program will launch with a template 10 lesson series for Kindergarteners this May in Chicago.
The program will be bi-lingual, spanish and english, and in August we hope for it to be in a series of schools nationally.
Lonely Whale Foundation, and Initiative, is also working on a series of media tools for other forms of broad ocean education, such as the VR experienced, graciously sponsored by Dell. Stay tune for more fun projects this year that will hit the globe in the goal of awareness.
The Lonely Whale Team