Aquarium Presents Whales: Touching The Mystery

May 07, 2008

Author Doug Thompson to read, sign book and present film May 16 and 17

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is teaming up with Writers on the Edge and Mountain Writers to bring Doug Thompson, author of Whales: Touching the Mystery to Newport for a series of readings, a film screening, and other activities Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17. Doug Thompson will share his thirty years of experience studying gray whales in remote Baja, Mexico lagoons, with his book and film, which will be available for purchase at the events with Thompson will signing copies.

In his book and companion DVD, Doug Thompson shares the unprecedented interaction between humans and the Gray Whales of San Ignacio Lagoon. This unexplained interspecies communication is what Thompson calls “touching the mystery.” He also writes about the people of San Ignacio Lagoon—the keepers of the whales—and their successes with creating livelihoods from eco-tourism, while still protecting the whales and their environment.

Thompson’s book includes personal accounts, his own and others, along with factual information on the world of whales. He writes about the hidden lives of whales, their mysterious migrations, and the modern threats they face in the world's waters. He chronicles the efforts of human champions who helped end whale hunting and initiate whale watching in the United States.

Doug Thompson has traveled internationally as a marine naturalist who has led more than one hundred long-range natural history expeditions from Mexico to New Zealand. Since 1977 Thompson has led expeditions to the Gray Whale birthing waters in San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja, Mexico. Thompson tells the story of the Gray Whales of San Ignacio Lagoon and the local people who have lived on the shores of the lagoon for generations.

Friday, May 16
Oregon Coast Aquarium
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Doug Thompson to talk and present 30 minute film.
Reception (no-host bar & hors ‘d’ oeuvres); book signing. Admission: $5.00

Saturday, May 17

  • Oregon Coast Aquarium – Book signing with Doug Thompson 12 - 2 pm
  • Children's craft 10 am - 2 pm
  • Whale bio facts 10 am - 2 pm
  • Whale watching cruise with Marine Discovery Tours (weather permitting) call 541-265-6200.

Saturday Evening, May 17
Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive
Writers on the Edge
Time: 7:00 pm Saturday, May 17
Doug Thompson to read and sign books. Admission: $5.00