Marlborough Mid-Week : September 24th 2014
18 MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 NEWS Kiwi up close soon This week the staff at Dolphin Watch&Nature Tours talk about how the Marlborough Sounds are livening up ahead of summer. With daylight savings almost upon us, we look forward to those long summer nights ahead. From cruising the Marlborough Sounds to sampling Marlborough wine, the extra daylight is always welcomed. In the sounds this week it has been the dusky dolphins stealing the spotlight yet again. These stunning medium-size dolphins are hard to miss, leaping among the Australasian gannets and the fluttering shearwaters in the giant feeding frenzies. When they’re not busy feeding, they have regularly been spotted riding the bow wave of boats. This behaviour is purely for fun and is equivalent to surfing for humans, catching a free ride on a wave. Last but not least, New Zealand fur seals have also continued their cheeky tendencies and are a daily sight on or around the moored boats in the Picton and Waikawa marinas. So with September almost gone, we look forward to another fabulous October, which at Dolphin Watch & Nature Tours means the official opening of the season and lots of kiwi trips. Kiwi are a significant feature of our reserve islands in the Sounds and they can be found on many of them. Motuara Island in particular is used as a rowi kiwi nursery. The kiwi are released on the island for one year before they are captured and taken back to the Okarito Forest on the West Coast. This is done to protect the vulnerable chick in its first year of life when it has no defences. Operation Nest Egg addresses these vital 12 months by relocating the chicks to predator- Take care: A rowi kiwi is released on Bluemine Island as part of a project to increase their numbers. free zones for that period. Once the adults have developed defences (large sharp claws) they are taken home. Male kiwi demand a very large territory so they are unable to stay on these small islands until full maturity. As the kiwi travel back and forth we are fortunate to share Photo: FILE some amazing moments with them. To see our national bird up close is very special and there will be lots of chances for Marlburians to do so over the coming months. To find out more and to see our latest wildlife pictures follow the facebook link at naturetours. co.nz. Alyssums Gifts, Home & Kitchen CROSSWORD YOUR STARS TOP 10 Wide range of Dreamfarm products available in store THE TOP 10 1. Which earthquake, on 17 June, 1929 killed 17 people in the South Island? 2. What is the only number-word in the English language with its letters in alphabetical sequence? 3. Is a camel’s spine straight or humped? 4. Which glands produce white blood cells - adrenal glands, lymph glands or lachrymal glands? 5. Poet Denis Glover excelled in which sport? 6. What nationality was the inventor of the Geiger counter? 7. What was Princess Margaret’s middle name - Elizabeth, Mary or Rose? 8. In the famous shower scene in the film Psycho, what was used to simulate blood? 9. What edible thing is a champignon? 10. Which animal is ursine? SUDOKU NZ CROSSWORD 50% off everyth ng on the sp ng sae spring sale ta hing oi table Queen St, Blenheim Ph 577 7648 Queen St, Blenheim Ph 577 7648 6276937AD 4513063AO 1. Murchison, 2. Forty, 3. Straight, 4. Lymph glands, 5. Boxing, 6. German, 7. Rose, 8. Chocolate sauce, 9. Mushroom, 10. A bear.
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