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Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Announces

The Cape Cod Whale Trail


A very exciting project came to Chatham in the spring 2006! The Whale Trail is a major public arts and tourism event which made its debut in southeastern Connecticut during the summer of 2005.

The Cape & Islands Whale Trail was modeled after the trail in southeastern Connecticut, which featured 50 creative, unique whale sculptures at locations throughout the Southern New England area. The exhibit, on display throughout last summer, garnered significant local and national media attention from television, radio and print outlets from across the country. The popular exhibit enticed thousands of residents and visitors to go “whale watching,” many of whom followed the entire Trail, making stops along the way at local shops, attractions and restaurants.

A local Advisory Board has been formed (with the Creative Arts Center in Chatham as the presenting sponsor) and activities are underway to identify sponsors for each of the whales. The board’s goal is for about 100 of these decorated whales to be installed in various locations throughout the Cape and Islands. The unveiling was in mid-May and they will stay up through the end of September. IFAW has just come on board as a major sponsor, and Pierce-Cote Advertising of Osterville is taking the lead to generate publicity and excitement during the coming weeks.

Local businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to sponsor one or more of the 6’ fiberglass whales. Sponsors are identified on each whale with a permanent plaque. The sponsor selects a location to display the whale during the event and names a local non-profit group to benefit from the sale of their whale at a Gala Live Auction event on the Cape in late September. Each whale is painted by a local artist.

Click here for a PDF with Whale Trail sonsorship information.

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Update- March 18, 2006

This summer’s public art event, the Cape and Islands Whale Trail, has begun with the arrival of the first of the creative, colorful whale sculptures. Five whales have arrived to pave the way for dozens and dozens of whales that will take up residence around the Cape and Islands for the summer.

Throughout the summer, visitors to the area will follow maps on a scavenger hunt of sorts, thrilling to the discovery of a new whale sculpture. It might be a “Whale-vis Presley” with rhinestones and sideburns, or maybe a whale painted to resemble a mermaid with a beach ball. Whatever whale they discover, they’ll see a new artistic expression encouraging them to extend their visit to the Cape and Islands a little bit longer.

At the end of the summer, all of the whales will say goodbye to their summer homes and will be auctioned off to benefit the local charity chosen by its sponsor. To become a sponsor or to get more information, visit or call 508-744-6780.

Update- July 29, 2006

Cape & Islands Whale Trail Auction- The Cape & Islands Whale Trail, the summer-long exhibit of 58 whale sculptures on display in Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket, is in full swing, but after Labor Day Weekend the whales will leave to be manicured and in full glam for the “All’s Well That Ends Whale” Auction and Gala in September.

So now is the time to find your favorite whale! Love him, own him, and take him home with you. Pre-bidding, along with additional info, for the auction is taking place online from July 19 to September 20 at Ninety percent of the proceeds from each whale will benefit non-profit and charitable organizations. The remaining 10 percent will go back to the talented local artists that created them.

Then, save the date for the live Auction and Gala on September 23rd at the Four Points by Sheraton Hyannis Resort at 6:30 p.m. To RSVP or for general auction information, including a complete listing of the whales and information about non-profit beneficiaries, please visit or call 508-744-6780 or 800-291-7720.



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