Asheville's Odyssey Community School Teacher Guest Speaker for National Geographic Cruise,Receives Award from Master Ching Hai
Michael Fishbach received the Shining Light Compassion Award from Master Ching Hai's International Association.
- (1888PressRelease) February 18, 2012 - Asheville, N.C. - Michael Fishbach, high school Cetaceans teacher at Odyssey Community School, recently returned from duties as a guest speaker for the Jan. 2-9, 2012 National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions Cruise on the Sea of Cortez. Michael is the co-director of the Great Whale Conservancy.
Michael also recently received the Shining Light Compassion Award from Master Ching Hai's International Association.
This is a great honor. Michael is in good company with other recipients like Al Gore, and also Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd ("Whale Warrior") fame. Michael's work came to the association's attention when they saw news of his crew saving the humpback whale "Valentina" on February 14, 2011. They have granted the Great Whale Conservancy a $20,000 award to support its efforts to reduce fatal cargo ship strikes in the seasonal feeding areas that have become busy shipping lanes in the past several decades, off the coast of California. Master Ching Hai is very supportive of animal rights and is a proponent of the vegan diet and lifestyle.
During his second semester class at Odyssey Community School, Michael's high school Cetaceans class will take a three-day field trip to Beaufort, NC to visit the primary NC bottlenose dolphin researcher. He hopes to take all of the students on the research boat to see how the dolphins in our coastal waters are studied. The class will also see a 35-foot sperm whale skeleton that is being articulated for eventual display in the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort.
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