Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Day #4: Swimming with the Sharks (Activity 1)

Activity 1: When you arrive in the south island, Curious Kiwi rents a shuttle van and drives your group from Picton (the town where the ferry dropped you off) to a beautiful beach on the opposite side of the island. The beach area is called Golden Bay and, at one end of the bay, is a stunning area called Farewell Spit.
Farewell Spit has been in the news recently as a number of whales accidentally swam into the spit and became stuck on the beach. They were unable to swim back to the ocean because the water was too shallow. Many local people tried to save the ‘beached’ whales. Please follow this Farewell Spit link to learn more about what happened. On your blog, describe what the local people did to try and save the beached whales.

They Kept them wet, covered the whales if they could, kept their blowholes clear and tried to stay away from the tails.  They also made sure that every whale got the same treatment. Some Freedom campers even offered their towels, t-shirts, and sarongs to put over the whales. They also grabbed their chilly bins, water bottles, cooking pots and mixing bowls to fill with water to keep the whales wet. They volunteers even worked until night time, which I think so myself it is really kind of them to do so.

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