Salt, the inflatable humpback whale
Students of all ages and the public will be able to tour Salt from inside and out! A flap in the fabric on the side of the model allows folks to walk inside Salt and get an amazing perception of her size from the inside.
The company that will create this model, Landmark Creations, will also sew various internal organs onto the inner fabric so kids can see the placement of her lungs, stomachs (whales have 3!) and vertebra (backbone).
NECWA is an all-volunteer non-profit organization based in southeatern MA. We are a grassroots group of scientists, educators, students, and professionals within the community who devote our efforts to better understand and protect the coastal marine wildlife of New England.
Help NECWA better connect with kids of all ages by providing presentations, both school and public, that include this amazing life-sized model of Salt, the most famous humpback whale off Cape Cod.
To learn more about NECWA and the work we do, visit our website at www.necwa.org.
Why do we love Salt so much?
1- She was the first humpback whale to receive a name.
2- She was named by Capt. Aaron Avellar who also named Krill (since she was a shrimp of a whale biologist). Aaron called her "Salt" for the extensive white scarring on the top of her dorsal fin looked as if someone had "salted"it.
3- Today, the Avellar family retains the honor of naming all of Salt's calves, and only her calves are named their first year of life.
4- She returns each year to feed off Cape Cod so we get to watch her and her growing family.
5- Since the mid 1970's, she has come back to Cape Cod with 13 separate calves. All beautiful and all very special in our hearts.
6- Two of her female calves have come back with calves of their own (Thalassa and Mostaza) making Salt a grandmother of 12.
7- In 2014, Etch-A-Sketch, Thalassa's calf of 1998, came back with her first calf. Now Salt is a great grandmother of 1!
8- Because like all other living organisms that share this planet with us, Salt is a member of the natural world who deserves to live and raise her young on a healthy and safe planet. We only have one Mother Earth and we need to protect it, not just for us, but for all who call this spinning planet home.
9- Because we DO!
Salt has become the ambassador to our New England waters. Help NECWA bring her story home to kids and adults of all ages.
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Best to all, Krill