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Marine Life Studies


We are committed to protecting our ocean, whales, dolphins and other marine wildlife through research, education, conservation, and whale rescue. Our mission is to acquire and share knowledge and inspire the next generation of whale, dolphin and ocean conservationists.

The Big Idea

Marine Life Studies uses their Current’Sea vessel (also known as the whale disentanglement ambulance) for responding to and saving entangled whales, preventing future entanglements, collecting critical data during whale rescues, and providing a platform for Whale Entanglement Team (WET) members to train and gain experience. Funds go to the vessel’s maintenance—plus specialized equipment for the disentanglement response—all helping to prevent whales from a slow, painful death and prevent future entanglements of marine wildlife with their proactive fishing-gear-removal project in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Marine Life Studies provides an imperative service to our local community. They are wonderful educators and selfless sea stewards that protect whales and other marine life in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Being ready around the clock throughout the year to respond to entangled whales is Herculean work. Keeping the sanctuary safeguarded and doing research to educate others protects our environment and stimulates our local economy. We are fortunate to have Marine Life Studies and their research, education, conservation, and whale rescue programs.

- Ben Balester

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.