On the 15th of November the National Whale Centre opened its Display and Development Hub at Building no. 1, London Quay, Picton, on the foreshore.
The creation of the National Whale Centre is the result of many years of research into the creation of a Picton Foreshore attraction which addresses the unique position of New Zealand as an ocean nation with a 172 plus years history of whaling and subsequent shift to more sustainable aquamarine industries and associated ecotourism ventures.
At the same time 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the cessation of commercial whaling in New Zealand waters with the closure of whaling activities in Cook Strait.
The launch of a National Whale Centre as a virtual museum some two years ago was the first step in establishing an internationally connected institution that links the general public, interactive travellers, cetacean experts, museums and environmental organisations through an information sharing portal.
The NWC has now reached stage 2 of its long term programme, courtesy of a Lottery Grants Board contribution.
New Zealand’s Maui’s dolphins are threatened with extinction.
Victims of entanglement in fishing nets (gillnets and trawl nets), today there are as few as 55 Maui’s dolphins left.
To save these amazing animals from extinction we need to stop deadly net fishing thoughout their range.
You can help. Tell all our political parties they need to do more to save Maui’s dolphins, and if you see a Maui’s dolphin let WWF know. The more we know the more we can do to save them.
We believe that our precious, iconic Maui’s dolphins can be saved but we have to act now and we all have to work together.
[This text is from the WWF website. To download the free app visit: http://www.wwf.org.nz/take_action/maui_s_campaign_/ ]
Jessica, 8, helping to save a Pilot Whale she named Sweetie.
Today we recieved this email and photo from Glen at Dolphin Watch & Nature Tours in Picton. He says:
“Just back from the rescue…we managed to save 80+ whales…without assistance they would have all died.
Attached is a picture of Jessica aged 8 caring for the whale she was given to look after. Jess named her whale ‘Sweetie’ and cared for her much of the day. Sweetie swam off with her mother later that day.”
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