Whale of a time for kids

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

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.

Pic­ture: Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife

Dani Rob’s chil­dren’s ac­tiv­ity book The Whale Sharks of Nin­ga­loo will be re­leased this month.

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