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Emblem of the Cetacean Institute

The Cetacean Institute in 1986

The Cetacean Institute was a cetacean education and research facility, founded on Earth in the 20th century. It was located on the shore of San Francisco Bay in Sausalito, California, just north of San Francisco itself.


20th century[]

In the year 1986, the institute was headed by director Bob Briggs and assistant director Gillian Taylor. At the time, it was the temporary home of two humpback whales, George and Gracie. (TOS movie, novelization & comic adaptation: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

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24th century[]

By the 24th century, a bronze statue of George and Gracie breaching the ocean's surface was situated in the entrance atrium. The statue commemorated the repopulation of the humpback whale species following the devastating contact of the Whale Probe in 2286.

In late-September 2385, Commander Christine Vale met Rear Admiral William T. Riker at the Cetacean Institute and received orders of her temporary assignment as commanding officer of the USS Lionheart. Working in the institute at the time were several humans, dolphins and an Arcadian. (TTN - The Fall novel: The Poisoned Chalice)



  • New Cetacean Institute

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