Whale of a time in Pic­ton

Marlborough Midweek - - Front Page -

By SVEN HERSEL­MAN Pic­ton is the place to be next weekend for dol­phin and whale en­thu­si­asts.

On Fri­day night, re­spected ma­rine bi­ol­o­gist and au­thor Bar­bara Todd will speak and present a short film at the Pic­ton Lit­tle Theatre from 7pm.

On Satur­day, Con­ser­va­tion Kids New Zealand [CKNZ] are hold­ing a whale day from 2pm to 4pm at the Dol­phin Watch & Na­ture Tours of­fice.

That will be fol­lowed by a screen­ing of the clas­sic movie Free Willy at 6.30pm. En­try to the whale day is by gold coin do­na­tion while the movie night is free.

On Sun­day, you can get out on the wa­ter with Dol­phin Watch & Na­ture Tours for a trip on the Queen Char­lotte Sound. This will in­clude a visit to the old Per­ano whal­ing sta­tion to learn about New Zealand’s whal­ing his­tory.

Tick­ets for the four-hour trip are $60 for adults and $25 for chil­dren.

The weekend will wrap up with a screen­ing of the ac­claimed cap­tive killer whale doc­u­men­tary

at the Dol­phin Watch of­fices from 7pm.

En­try is $ 10 and in­cludes re­fresh­ments, with pro­ceeds go­ing to CKNZ.

Event or­gan­iser and CKNZ co­founder Natasha Lux­ton says the weekend of events is a great step up from the whale day held on just one day by CKNZ last year, and she hope it will grow even big­ger next year.

‘‘When we held the whale day

Big tale: Highly re­spected ma­rine bi­ol­o­gist and au­thor Bar­bara Todd will speak about dol­phins and whales at the Pic­ton Lit­tle Theatre on Fri­day next week. last year we had the vi­sion of it be­ing an an­nual event. This will be a cel­e­bra­tion of the whales and dol­phins in of the Marl­bor­ough Sounds.

‘‘We are re­ally lucky to have Bar­bara com­ing along - she is like whale and dol­phin royalty and has writ­ten so many great books about them,’’ Natasha says.

Bar­bara will also be able to sign copies of her books af­ter her talk.

Tick­ets for the talk are $20 and in­clude a beer or wine at Mikey’s Bar af­ter. The pro­ceeds go to Project Jonah.

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