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Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Evening Program - Salt and Family - The Life of a Humpback Whale with Carol Krill Carson

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Date: July 9, 2013
Contact: Sue Haley, District Interpreter, 508-255-3421 ext. 15

 Join Carol “Krill” Carson for a free, one-hour program at 7 PM on Tuesday, July 16 at Salt Pond Visitor Center. This program will be a fun-filled evening about the life of Salt, the most famous humpback whale in the world. Learn how Salt was first named in 1976 and how she has returned each year to feed in the waters off Cape Cod. In 1980, Salt was seen with her first calf, a male who was named Crystal. Over the years, Salt has given birth to a total of 12 calves and has become a grandmother and even a great-great grandmother. At the end of the program, Krill will inflate a 25 foot fabric whale that represents Crystal when he was one year old and a life-size replica of Salt. This promises to be a special evening about a humpback whale that has stolen the hearts of those who know and love her.

Carol "Krill" Carson is the founder and President of the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA), a volunteer nonprofit based in Southeastern Massachusetts. She is a marine biologist who has studied whales, sea turtles, seals, basking sharks, ocean sunfish, and other marine wildlife in the waters off New England since 1980. Krill is the Outreach Education Coordinator for Captain John Boats out of Plymouth and she is a Professor in the Biology Department at Bridgewater State University.

This upcoming program is part of the annual “Tuesday Evening Series” at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham. Held weekly at 7 PM in July and August in the air-cooled comfort of the visitor center auditorium, programs focus on the diverse natural and cultural resources on the Outer Cape and are suitable for all ages. Programs are free of charge and accessible. The series is funded by the Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

IF YOU GO: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham, and can be contacted by calling 508-255-3421. The center is open from 9 AM to 5 PM and staff is available to assist with activity planning. Stop by and visit the museum, view a park film, enjoy panoramic views of Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh and shop in the gift store featuring interpretive items such as books, maps, puzzles, and games. For more information about the seashore’s programs, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/caco.

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Did You Know?

seasonal freshwater wetlands in the Province Lands

135 acres of seasonal freshwater wetlands exist across the dune landscape of Cape Cod National Seashore's Province Lands. These wetlands which typically dry down by mid-summer, support plants, serve as breeding areas for Spadefoot and Fowler’s toads, and provide drinking water for wildlife.