‘O-Fishial’ August Volunteer Newsletter

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It’s ‘O-fishially’ Tall Ships Festival Season and it’s time to sign up for your volunteer shift

Tall Ships Festival Informational Meeting 

Want to volunteer for our Tall Ships Festival? Please join us at our informational meeting for all the details!  There are two opportunities to attend: 
Saturday,  August 27 9:00 am – 12:00 pm 
Wednesday,  August 31 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Click here to sign up! 

Can’t make the festival? We also need volunteers to prepare for the Festival; getting craft materials together, setting up tables/booths, creating signs, decorating, etc. If you are interested in helping us prep for this awesome festival please sign up through Signup.com (formerly volunteerspot.com) by clicking here. Simply find the date of the prep you want and click sign up! If you cannot get the link to work, please email me and I will assign you to the day you choose. 

Tall Ships Festival

September 9, 10, 11

Volunteers will be needed for all 3 days. This is a great event to volunteer for!  Not only is it incredibly helpful, but it is fun! A variety of communities will be involved in our Tall Ships Festival, let’s show them a great time and how awesome Ocean Institute is! Shifts for the festival will generally run like this:

Set Up Shifts on Friday only:
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Friday Sails & Ales (Must be at least 21 years old to volunteer for this position):
4:45 pm – 9:00 pm
Festival Shifts Saturday and Sunday:
8 am – 1:00 pm
12:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Clean Up Shift on Sunday only:
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Time with Our Teens!

Welcome to our new segment Time with our Teens! I realized how many amazing things all of our teen volunteers are doing in addition to volunteering at Ocean Institute and school! I thought we should take the time to learn about some of them and the exciting happenings in their lives.

In honor of the Olympics, this month’s featured teen is Mariah Meyer, our Junior Olympiad, and Public Programs Docent!

“One of my favorite things is the water. I’ve been swimming ever since I can remember, and playing in the ocean just the same. I volunteer at the ocean institute because I want to be a Marine Biologist someday, with an emphasis in shark behavior. I also play year round on my high school water polo team as well as an intense club team. Recently we just went to the Junior Olympics where my team placed 2nd in the 18 and under division. Being in the water is my passion, I do the two things that I love almost every week, I volunteer and play water polo.”  

Creature Feature

As you may know this quarter’s weekend theme is Sharks! The courtyard houses life size cut outs of different types of sharks, but the shark that visitors are most fascinated with is the largest, the Whale Shark! Below are some fun facts about Whale Sharks from Julianne, Director of Husbandry.

  • With the recent El Nino conditions, the Orange County coast has had visits from whale sharks.
  • The whale shark is the largest fish alive today
  • Whale sharks are in no way related to whales. Although they are sharks, they are very docile and pose no real threats to humans
  • Whale sharks can reach up to 14m (46 feet!) in length
  • Whale sharks can weigh up to 12 tons. That’s 24,000 pounds
  • Whale sharks are filter feeders and sieve plankton through their gills for much of their nourishment. They also sieve squid, krill, and small fish.
    Whale Shark

Interested in a once in a lifetime adventure with Whale Sharks? Find out how you can sign-up for a 6-day Whale Shark Tour in the Sea of Cortez here


If you ordered am Ocean Institute collared shirt and/or a hat, they have arrived! You can pay for them at the front desk. Then take your receipt upstairs to Rachel who will distribute your items.