Whale of a time for kids
The Department of Parks and Wildlife’s whale shark conservation officer and Exmouth local Dani Rob has written a whale shark activity book for children.
Rob said the book, Whale Sharks of Ningaloo, aimed to teach primary school children about the importance of whale shark conservation. “I attended a conference in Atlanta in the United States and I was shown an example of a kids’ book they made in Mexico to try to get the messages out on whale shark conservation and I thought that’s a really good idea for Ningaloo,” she said.
Rob contacted Sydney designer Catfish Creative which works exclusively with organisations that work to preserve and protect the planet’s oceans and marine life. “We teamed up and I wrote the book while (Catfish Creative) designed it and made it look beautiful,” Rob said.
The book is filled with activities including word sleuths, mazes, and colouring-in pages as well as a quizzes.
Ms Rob said she was “stoked” to be an author and even “cracked some champagne” when the copies arrived at her door.
The book is set to be released early this month, which Rob said was perfect timing because it coincided with the start of whale shark season.
Whale Sharks of Ningaloo will be available online through the DPaW bookstore and locally around Exmouth.
It will also be available for wholesale, and Rob hopes to see the book distributed throughout the Pilbara.
Dani Rob’s children’s activity book The Whale Sharks of Ningaloo will be released this month.