WHEN: Sat., Oct. 7, 10:15am


EYE TO EYE Larry may have had his eye on Pheena. But she always had her eye on him.

WHERE: U.C. Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Dr in Berkeley 94720


WHAT: Honor Larry Foster as Lawrence Hall of Science dedicates a plaque to him, the artist behind their beloved teenage fin whale replica, Pheena and celebrate the marine environment on Bay Day at the Hall. Other activities include ecology & geology marine stations, a science regatta where you can build and test boats out of recyclable materials and more until 3pm.




A model of a teenage fin whale made with 2,570 linear feet of steel, 3,000 sq ft of layered fiber glass, two and a half barrels of polyester resin, 50 pounds of microsphere fairing compound and 1,900 man hours.


Saturday, October 7, is the day you can meet artist, humorist and whale scientist Larry Foster, creator of Pheena, the 50′ model fin whale who lives at U.C. Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science. Since it is Bay Day organized by Save the Bay, it is the perfect day to honor Larry Foster for his contributions to the world’s knowledge and love of whales.

Larry started researching whales at a time when all we had ever seen were whales with big bloated bellies, which were very stiff-looking, dead whales. Based on his research, which included the archives at UCB, he began to draw these beautiful creatures, precise line by precise line. He also painted them with water colors and oil.  They were a first. “And then, to my surprise,” says Larry, “the National Geographic Magazine came to me. They wanted to see and publish my corrected views of whales. So did the Smithsonian, and many other museums, universities and environmental institutions. I was making whales look good for the first time. Today, 50 years later, I still am.”