Marlborough Mid-Week : July 30th 2014
NEWS MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, JULY 30, 2014 Sounds like essential education This week the staff at Dolphin Watch&Nature Tours tell us about a trip a group of lucky school kids went on in the Marlborough Sounds. To sit in a cafe and watch New Zealand fur seals frolic, gannets dive and dolphins leap is something only the rich enjoy in many parts of the world. Here in Picton, it is treasured by the whole community and accessible to us all. From land or sea, winter has continued to amaze us lately as the tranquil seas, abundant wildlife and beautiful weather combines to create a magical backyard for all to enjoy. Scallop season has begun and Marlburians are out in full force gathering these delicious gifts from the ocean. Bottlenose dolphins have been travelling in pods of about 50 with sightings in Shakespeare Bay and Picton Harbour. Dusky dolphins have been seen too, with these cheeky marine mammals a little further out by Luke Rock. Also out enjoying winter and certainly our highlight of late, has been school children from all over Marlborough and Nelson on our first and new Ocean Science trip. Run by the talented Richard de Hamel from Otago University Marine Studies Centre, a group of children from a variety of schools got the chance to make and use their own hydra phones, to meet, identify and listen to the dolphins of the Queen Charlotte Sound and to conduct their own ocean scientific research in this fascinating environment. With Richard’s passion for the marine environment combined with the numerous species encountered and studied, it’s obvious that no text book can compare to these hands-on lessons among nature. The future health of the Sounds relies on children and the more we can teach and inspire them, the better equipped they are to protect and conserve it in years to come. With this in mind we hope to host many more of these fantastic Educational : Richard de Hamel from the University of Otago took a group of pupils and teachers from schools in Marlborough and Nelson on an outing to learn about the sea. educational adventures and contribute to the conservation of this incredible backyard we all adore. So as July comes to an end and August brings the promise of a warm spring, we’ll be sure to keep you posted on the latest wildlife happenings and news. To follow us, just click on the Facebook icon at naturetours.co.nz. Alyssums Gifts, Home & Kitchen CROSSWORD TOP 10 YOUR STARS THE TOP 10 1. Who was Yogi Bear’s girlfriend in the cartoon series? 2. On 22 April 1843, which Auckland newspaper put out its first issue: New Zealand News, Southern Cross or Antipodes Daily? 3. In which country is the Magny-Cours racing circuit? 4. Which ocean are the Seychelles in? 5. What was Bob Marley’s middle name: Nesta, Churchill or Rupert? 6. What is the plural of mongoose? 7. When was the law allowing widespread Saturday shopping in New Zealand passed: 1973, 1977 or 1980? 8. Which Hauraki Gulf island is larger, Rangitoto or Little Barrier? 9. Who sang the theme song for the film Titanic? 10. Which animal is feared by a hippophobe? SUDOKU 19 NZ CROSSWORD Wiltons makes your cake decorating easy! 5846742BC Queen St, Blenheim Ph 577 7648 Queen St, Blenheim Ph 577 7648 4513063AO 1. Cindy Bear, 2. Southern Cross, 3. France, 4. Indian Ocean, 5. Nesta, 6. Mongooses, 7. 1980, 8. Little Barrier, 9. Celine Dion, 10. Horses.
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