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This authorized biography is the true-life account of John Olguin (1921-2011), Director Emeritus of the Cabrillo Aquarium in San Pedro California. Although born into poverty and struggling with a speech impediment for many years, John refused to take no for an answer when people challenged his dreams. A natural-born leader and teacher, he connected his passion for education and nature and created one of eco-tourism’s most successful endeavors: whale-watching.
Throughout his life, John experienced the world in ways well beyond the imagination of most, and he made sharing the glories of nature his life’s mission. John was a founding member of the American Cetacean Society, a Silver Star recipient Army hero, revered mentor to countless lifeguards, godfather to multiple generations of scientists, and joyful teacher of millions of children.
John’s adventures should inspire us all to pursue a life of personal and professional generosity, humanity, love and commitment to protect our oceans, the world around us, and our communities.

We are raising funds to provide 1,000 copies of the book to schools, libraries, other institutions and deserving individuals at cost. For more information contact Dr. Stefan Harzen or watch this video.