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Whale Trail Art Exhibit Comes to Woods Hole
Proceeds to Benefit Woods Hole Science Aquarium

Woods Hole Specimen, by Paul Oberlander

Woods Hole, MA—The MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory), NOAA/Woods Hole Science Aquarium, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) are sponsoring one of the more than 50 whale sculptures that are part of this summer's Whale Trail, a free public art event on Cape Cod and the Islands. The Whale Trail will raise money for non-profit organizations while showcasing local artistic talent.

The six-foot right whale model, titled Woods Hole Specimen, is on exhibit in Woods Hole's Waterfront Park on Water Street. It was designed by E. Paul Oberlander of Marstons Mills, an artist/illustrator in WHOI's Graphics Services group. Oberlander's design depicts a right whale above water line, with marine organisms of the Atlantic Ocean below water line.

The whale will be on exhibit in Woods Hole through September. The effort will conclude at a live gala auction in September, where bids are taken for the right to “adopt” each whale. Proceeds from the sale of the Woods Hole whale will benefit the Woods Hole Science Aquarium. The Woods Hole Science Aquarium is the oldest public research aquarium in the country, established in 1875. It displays about 140 species of marine life found in northeastern waters. Admission is free and the aquarium is open to the public year round.

Whale Trail maps, highlighting every whale available at most sponsor locations, are available at Cape visitor centers, and at www.thewhaletrail.com.


The MBL is an international, independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to improving the human condition through creative research and education in the biological, biomedical and environmental sciences. Founded in 1888 as the Marine Biological Laboratory, the MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in the Western Hemisphere. For more information, visit www.mbl.edu.

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service is dedicated to protecting and preserving our nation's living marine resources and their habitats through scientific research, management and enforcement.

WHOI is a private, independent marine research and engineering, and higher education organization. Its primary mission is to understand the oceans and their interaction with the Earth as a whole, and to communicate a basic understanding of the ocean's role in the changing global environment. Established in 1930 on a recommendation from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Institution is organized into five departments, interdisciplinary institutes and a marine policy center, and conducts a joint graduate education program with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology