Children have a whale of a time in Picton

IAN ALLEN
Last updated 06:21 01/07/2013

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A one-off Whale Day in Picton yesterday has inspired organisers to consider hosting an annual whale week.

Conservation Kids NZ workers were buoyed by the turnout of children and their parents for their whale workshop on the foreshore.

About 60 children took part in whale-themed games and activities before heading to Shelley Beach for a clean up.

Conservation Kids NZ teamed up with Project Jonah, the National Whale Centre, the Department of Conservation and Dolphin Watch and Nature Tours in Picton for the event.

Organiser Natasha Luxton said Conservation Kids NZ tried to hold events every other month but wanted to do something bigger this time.

It was great seeing the children soak up all the information, Ms Luxton said.

"Parents say they won't get anywhere on walks now because their kids will be stopping to pick up rubbish."

The children were amazed when they measured out the length of a blue whale with rope, Ms Luxton said.

They also learnt how to help stranded whales using blow-up orcas.

"It would be cool to have an annual whale week," she said. "Especially around this time when the research boats are out in Cook Strait."

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- The Marlborough Express

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