Phone: (530) 626-5939
For grades: K-12
Requirements for live visit: Screen and electrical outlet
Fees for live visit: $500 for the first show, $150 additional shows on the same day
Sea Shepherd »
I had such a marvelous time at your presentation. I appreciated the time you took to present the slides as well as give us a behind-the-scenes look at what happened during your time on the Bob Barker. --- Christine Hall
This year, I am taking time off again. This time I’ll be speaking directly to elementary school kids through college students about my adventures off Antarctica. My message being that they should follow their beliefs, try their best and do what they can to help our environment. I will share with them my amazing slideshow showing the pristine beauty and incredible wildlife of Antarctica.
My name is Matt Kimura. I am an elementary school teacher in El Dorado Hills, California. This past year I took a three month leave of absence to join the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on their annual campaign to end illegal whaling in the Southern Ocean off Antarctica. Our actions are chronicled each summer on the hit Animal Planet series, Whale Wars.
As bo’sun aboard Sea Shepherd’s newest vessel, Bob Barker, I led an eight person deck team and drove one of our fast inflatable boats as we battled treacherous seas to stop the eight-ship Japanese whaling fleet from slaughtering their self-imposed quota of over 1000 whales in a designated whale sanctuary. Despite having one our ships sunk and the ship I was on rammed, we managed to save over 500 whales.
Before I left on my mission, I made a promise to my students that I would do my best to make sure that they all grew up in a world where whales are cherished and saved, not hunted down and slaughtered. I made that same promise on TV in front of millions of viewers worldwide. And I kept my promise.
My message to students is to stand up for your beliefs. And whether it's doing your school work, sports or saving the environment, always do your best.