Saturday, 8 July 2017

Day 4 - Activity 1

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.

  • Kept the beached animals wet
  • Cover the whales with wet towels
  • Keep their blow wholes clear
  • Keep away from their tales
  • Put water in chill bins and water bottles for the whales


  1. Hi Freeman
    So many of those poor whales died because they didn't have enough water. It was nice of the local people to try and save them, even if most of their efforts were futile. Well done on this activity.

  2. Hey Freeman
    I feel sorry for the whales that died. It good that people in the local community helped the whales, but unfortunately there wasn't enough water so the whales die. Have you ever seen a whale before in real life? Keep up the awesome work!

  3. Hi Freeman. It's sad to see and hear those animals dying from things like that. Hopefully what locals are doing is enough to save them. Keep up the great work.

  4. Hi Freeman!

    Well done of sharing so many ways the people helped the stranded whales! I have been interested to read that you should stay away from their tails when helping them. Do you know why that is?

    Nicky :)

  5. Hello Freeman, it is really great to see that people in the community are trying the best to save the poor whales and put them back into the ocean. You are doing an outstanding job completing the activities. Keep on blogging.