Whale of a time in Picton
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.