“For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.” ―Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Willkommen! – ("Welcome" in German)

My name is Andrew and I enjoy learning how to create beautifully organized and educational websites that are fun to use. I live in beautiful Austin with my lovely wife (a civil defense attorney and R.N.), and as you can probably tell, this website is my "work in progress." In addition to technology, I have always been intrigued with the ocean and particularly cetaceans (marine mammals such as whales and dolphins). If you enjoy the ocean and learning about marine life, click on the video just below (filmed in Maui waters).

Dolphin pod…

Being a “WordPress fan,” I originally thought about creating this site as "wpfan.org."  Shortly afterward, I realized the "WP" could stand for something more meaningful (like  "Whale Protection")….it actually stands for both.

In the late 1980’s I was fortunate enough to work at Sea World as a Dolphin Trainer (which at the time was my "childhood dream job"). Helping to educate and increase awareness about marine life was precisely why I wanted to work there (well, besides working with the dolphins of course)! I hope this website (in some small way) can help increase awareness about preserving our oceans.

My views have since changed dramatically towards marine habitats and marine parks (especially captivity), marine conservation, and environmental protection.

Sidenote: I'm currently learning more about web development, and how to code (HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, etc.) in order to ultimately improve my web development skills. I'm aware this site may be perceived as a global cure for insomnia…in the meantime enjoy clicking on the seemingly endless list of informative links, photos, and videos!… 🙂

Some of our favorite places to visit are Maui, and the Pacific NW, as you will see from a few of the photos and HD videos. 

Pacific Humpback (Megaptera novaeangliae)
Nice view from the tube…
Humpback whale tail  "flukes." (photo by Talbot)
Humpback Whale…
Going for a dive…
Kaanapali Beach HD Desktop Background
My favorite beach: Black Rock, Maui (Kaanapali)

It's utterly surreal to see and hear the Humpback whales end their 6-8 week journey from the feeding grounds of Alaska, to the shallow breeding grounds of Maui (and other nearby islands). The first whale sightings usually occur in October; however, the best time (peak season) to see these whales is anytime from January 15th – March 31st. Official whale season is December 15th – May 15th. Click here for more information on responsible whale sightings.

Humpback with calf...
Humpback with calf…(photo borrowed from link above)
North Pacific Humpback whale off the coast of Maui…
Humpback tail (flukes)...
Feeding grounds in Alaska. Another awesome view of Humpback flukes before a dive..
Humpback breach...

A few photos and a 4K aerial view of Austin:

Be sure to check out the 4K video below in fullscreen (by Anthony Tori). Awesome! 

Congress Bridge and more Austin venues here
View from The Oasis on Lake Travis…(fun live music: here)
Clouds over Lake Travis…
Congress Bridge
Colorado River
Pennybacker "360" bridge…
Sunset view of Pennybacker bridge…
Barton Springs…Literally, a cool place to swim. The average annual water temperature is 68º.

~Auf Wiedersehen


My ancestry is German and Dutch, and I enjoy learning the German language. I'm an avid fan of the Germany soccer team….Die Mannschaft (which translates to "The team")! Within the Bundesliga, I am an avid fan of Bayern München (Munich, Bavaria).

Bayern Munich









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