NATIONAL Whale Day will be celebrated by the Nambucca Valley community this weekend.
First announced in 2008, National Whale Day was created as a positive celebration of these wonderful
creatures, and has grown from a small Sydney-based event to national program.
“When we first had the idea of a national whale day in 2008 we were fired up over the annual Japanese whaling but we wanted it to be a celebration, not another banner waving protest against whaling,” Imogen Scott, communications manager of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), said.
“We wanted something more positive and also to show how much we love whales and our solidarity in wanting to protect them. We are still fired up about whaling but sadly there are other threats that we are fighting – the oil and gas industry, ocean noise, ship strikes, pollution, debris.”
The local event will be held on Saturday at Captain Cook Lookout from 8am-2pm.
“There will be whale watching, children’s activities, food, merchandise and information stalls, and the unveiling of the whale sculpture,” Nambucca Shire Council’s Jacqui Ashby said.