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An aerial view of the Whale Walk in progress at Doheny State Beach. Over the last month, volunteers painted three life-sized whales on the coastal walkway. Courtesy of Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association
An aerial view of the Whale Walk in progress at Doheny State Beach. Over the last month, volunteers painted three life-sized whales on the coastal walkway. Courtesy of Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association

By Andrea Papagianis

After a six-year absence, whales once again don the walkways of Doheny State Beach.

A California gray whale appeared in early January and was joined by orca and humpback whales on Monday, as a dozen volunteers, with paintbrushes and rollers in hand, took to the pavement canvas to paint life-sized portraits of the marine mammals.

Margie Black, a teacher at John S. Malcom Elementary School and Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association board member, paints an orca whale on the walkway at Doheny State Beach. Courtesy of Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association
Margie Black, a teacher at John S. Malcom Elementary School, paints an orca whale on the walkway at Doheny State Beach. Courtesy of Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association

“We’re really pleased to be bringing the Whale Walk back to the park,” said project leader and retired ranger Jim Serpa in a statement. “We can tell by the response of park visitors today that they’re as excited as we to see the return of the Doheny whales.”

The project by the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association—or DSBIA—is slated to paint five more whales—including minke, sperm and blue whales—and eight dolphin along the beachfront.

“The educational value these paintings provide of the wonderful creatures found just off our beaches is priceless,” said Margie Black, a DSBIA board member and teacher at John S. Malcom Elementary School in Dana Point. “They will hopefully lead to greater public awareness of the need to maintain a healthy environment for us all.”

Volunteers are taking a six-week break while the area is prepared for the spring and summer seasons.

For more information on the project and the DSBIA visit www.dohenystatebeach.org and to volunteer to participate in the project email Ed Neely at edneely@dohenystatebeach.org.

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