Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Day 4: Swimming with the Sharks Activity 1

Winter Learning Journey (100% Pure New Zealand)

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.

People surrounded the whales, splashing bucket-fulls of water. Everyone murmuring in the crowd and was taking photos of the poor whales. People tried to roll the whales back in the water but it felt like the whales weighed a tonne. The shore started going out which made it more risky for the whales. People even thought so crazy that they came up with getting a pool to put the whales in it. Other people started to dig a hole in the sand to make a mini pool, filling it up with water.

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