Mission Statement

A Paleo-Anthropological And Cultural Preservationist Group


Our desire is twofold:

(1) to facilitate the exhumation of the whale in a timely manner to prevent loss from erosion and curious collectors; and

(2) to prepare and install the fossilized skeleton in a structure for the primary purposes, but not limited to, the preservation and public education of the paleontological, anthropological and cultural wealth of this valley. There are many options and aspects to this project that need consideration, and the possibilities are endless. Here is a veritable doorway through which paleontology and anthropology connect us in an incredibly positive way to the world on so many levels. The Ojai Valley Whale Society, a 501(c)(3) US non-profit organization, has outlined a three phase plan of action:

  • Phase I

    Is to obtain funding to exhume and preserve the whale.
  • Phase II

    Consists of placing it in an appropriate facility. Since the discovery occurred here in Ojai, it would seem most appropriate and respectful for the whale recreation to have a home here, if possible. Perhaps a museum seems the most likely of potential places, provided there is available funding.
  • Phase III

    Would develop the possibilities further, i.e. community enrichment through paleontological, anthropological and cultural preservation in a multi-dimensional center embracing facilities for instruction, public performances, history through storytelling, promotion of anthropological art forms and music.

The Ojai Valley Whale Society, a 501(c)(3) US non-profit organization, needs your support and contributions to help realize our vision. Donations, contacts, ideas and suggestions are all welcome to assist us in our efforts. Make an immediate tax-deductible donation.

Email: plunkett@ojaivalleywhalesociety.org
Physical: Ojai Valley Whale Society P.O. Box 282 Ojai, CA 93024 USA
Web Site: www.ojaivalleywhalesociety.org

I remain respectfully,


Aaron Plunkett