Michael Fishbach, Co-Founder/Executive Director
For the past 23 years Michael has been actively involved in field research and conservation work on Blue and other Great Whales. He is about to spend his 20th season of fieldwork on the large whales of the Sea of Cortez this winter. Michael’s passion is connecting the scientific and conservation communities and forging actions that minimize human impacts which are detrimental to the world’s Great Whales. His efforts for the GWC revolve around live educational presentations, bringing issues like the “Whale Pump” and Ship Strikes into the public domain, funding, and helping the public to gain more awareness of Great Whales and their current plight. Michael regularly attends the GWC’s MZ Blue – Whale inflations, attends conferences, speaks with the media and friends of GWC. Michael was formerly one of the top 50 tennis players in the world and spent 10 years competing on the Men’s Professional ATP Tennis Tour, all over the world.ivity.
Heather Watrous, Education Director
Heather Watrous has been teaching about and sharing the wonders of the natural world to children and adults her entire life. Her enthusiasm for learning about the intricate web of earth’s ecosystems, both on the macrocosmic, and microscopic levels, is something she cannot keep to herself. She has led small groups, both private and public, and all-school workshops on marine ecosystems, the carbon cycle, cetaceans, often times using dynamic games and role playing as tools for integration. She has been host of citizen science vacations at the annual Blue whale field station in Baja California Sur with Michael Fishbach for 23 years. She creates children’s camps on sensory awareness, art, theatre, and nature. Her other interests include organic gardening, dance, classic literature, art, yoga, healthful cooking, and writing.
Delphi Watrous-Waters, Social Media Director
Delphi runs all social media for GWC, promoting greater engagement from GWC supporters, by providing images, videos and other digital content to help people learn about the importance of our mission. She curates behind-the-scenes footage of our trips to publicly accessible visual platforms and assists in presentations that showcase world-class videos and photographs of the whales in their habitats. Delphi also assists with field research and accompanies field research teams to document our work.
Ashanka Kananda, Communications Director
Ms. Kananda brings a background in television and film, sales and radio advertising in her role as Director of Communications. She has a passion for the environment and works with GWC to connect our mission and message to a broader audience. She is an exceptional event planner for program speakers and fundraisers. She has traveled to Baja, Mexico to participate in Blue Whale photo identification on the Sea of Cortez with the GWC for over 15 years.
Henk Korevar, Advocacy Director, GWC The Netherlands
Lenard Milich, Scientific Advisor
Lenard Milich studied under the world-renowned cetacean researcher, Dr. Ken Norris, at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His first direct exposure to the great whales was when he participated in the dissection of an adult female blue whale, washed up just north of that city. He became a team member on Project Circe in California, a scientific experiment to encourage captive bottlenose dolphins to have control of their environment. While he transitioned to earning a Bachelor’s in Meteorology, a Masters in Forestry & Environmental Studies, and a Doctorate in Arid Lands Resource Sciences, he never lost his interest in cetaceans. After a career in food security and household livelihoods with the United Nations, he is particularly concerned about the declining health of the world’s oceans and the impact of this on poor families dependent on marine product