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Contact: Dani Crawford, 508-255-3421, ext. 0305
On Tuesday, August 2 at 7 PM at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham,Join Krill Carson and learn about the life of Salt, the most famous humpback whale in the world. Salt, who owes its name to the white scarring on the top of its dorsal fin, like it had been "salted," was the first humpback whale to receive a name. She was first seen in the mid-1970s, and she returns each season to feed in the cold, productive waters off Cape Cod. Salt has given birth to 13 calves, and now has 12 "grand" calves and 1 "great-grand" calf. Before the presentation, explore the massive size of an adult humpback with the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance's life-size inflatable model of Salt.
During the program, Krill will share information about other amazing marine wildlife that come to feed in our New England waters each summer. She'll also bring marine wildlife artifacts, including real humpback baleen, whale bones, and examples of whale food, like the American sand lance and krill.
This program is part of the annual "Tuesday Nights at Salt Pond" series. Held weekly at 7 PM in the summer in the air-cooled comfort of the visitor center auditorium, the series includes programs focused on the diverse natural and cultural resources on the Outer Cape. Programs are suitable for all ages, free, and accessible. The series is sponsored 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 daily from 9 AM to 5 PM, with staff to assist with activity planning. Visit the museum, view a park film, enjoy panoramic views of Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh, and shop in the gift and bookstore featuring national seashore-related items. For more information about the seashore's programs, pick up a copy of "Park News" at a visitor center, or check www.nps.gov/caco.