On Saturday, April 26, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay ran their annual Marine Mammal Safaris on Boston Harbor. More than 800 people registered for the free event, and despite cold and rainy weather, hundreds showed up and took part in the two lively and exciting cruises.
People from all over Greater Boston came together to enjoy the harbor and search for marine mammals together. Some of the larger groups in attendance represented the Intergenerational Literacy Program in Chelsea, VietAID in Dorchester, the East Somerville Community School, the South Boston Neighborhood House, and the West End House Boys & Girls Club, among others.
There were many seal sightings on both the morning and the afternoon excursion—crowds onboard Mass Bay Lines’ Freedom spotted harbor seals in the inner harbor off the shores of East Boston, Charlestown, and South Boston. Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Baywatcher Bruce Berman narrated the trip, pointing out landmarks and sights worth seeing in the inner harbor and out toward Spectacle Island, Deer Island, and Long Island.
This year’s trips featured a special activity and contest centered around the Official Sea Shanty of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, “Haul Away Joe”. Everyone on board the cruises had a chance to create their own verse to the shanty, singing together about the sea, the seals, and the soggy weather conditions.
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay would like to thank all of the Youth and Family Program Funders, Mass Humanities, and Massachusetts Bay Lines for their generous support of this event.
Save the Harbor’s youth environmental education programs are made possible with Leadership Grants from Bay State Cruise Company, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Distrigas/GDF SUEZ, the Ludcke Foundation, and the Yawkey Foundation II.
Save the Harbor is grateful for Partnership Grants from Forrest Berkley and Marcie Tyre Berkley, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, The Fallon Company, John Hancock Financial Services, Inc., Massachusetts Port Authority, P&G Gillette, Schrafft Charitable Trust, Jay Cashman Inc., The Chiofaro Company, Circle Furniture, The HYM Investment Group, Massachusetts Bay Lines, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, National Grid Foundation, and Clinton H. & Wilma T. Shattuck Charitable Trust.
Save the Harbor also appreciates funding support from Arbella Insurance Group Foundation, Inc., Blue Hills Bank Foundation, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Breckinridge Capitol Advisors, Clipper Ship Foundation, Inc., The Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation, Inc., Lovett-Woodsum Charitable Foundation, Mass Humanities, Red Sox Foundation, TD Bank Foundation, Boston Bruins Foundation, Thomas & Lucinda Foley, Reebok Foundation, Santander, South Boston Community Development Foundation, Andus Baker & Rowan Murphy Family Fund, Community-Suffolk, Inc., Goulston & Storrs, Matthew J. & Gilda F. Strazzula Foundation, Solo Produce, and hundreds of individual donors.
To find out more about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s free family and youth programs, visit their website at http://www.savetheharbor.org, their blog, “Sea, Sand, and Sky” at http://www.blog.savetheharbor.org, and their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/savetheharbor.