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Yep, cer­tainly some­thing fishy go­ing on. To­mor­row, July 16, An­i­mates hosts the sec­ond of its aquatic school hol­i­day ses­sions to teach chil­dren about fish and how to care for them.

Anita Sher­wood at Palmer­ston North An­i­mates says the first day last week pro­vided a great way for kids to pick up im­por­tant life skills, such as pro­mot­ing kind­ness and com­pas­sion to­wards all an­i­mals.

‘‘For each school hol­i­day pe­riod through­out the year we fo­cus on learn­ing about dif­fer­ent types of an­i­mals. Each child who at­tends will re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate of com­ple­tion which they will be able to take home and pop on their wall with pride. It’s a great way of in­tro­duc­ing chil­dren to the skills they need to be­come nur­tur­ing and lov­ing pet own­ers for life,’’ Anita says.

And let’s face it, fish are fas­ci­nat­ing. Whether it’s rain­bow or sil­ver shark fish, the ag­gres­sive si­amese fight­ing fish, or the ever pop­u­lar gold­fish, there are hun­dreds of breeds of fish to see, some orig­i­nat­ing from South Amer­ica, Asia and Africa.

For its own well-be­ing, she says the 6.5cm long si­amese fight­ing fish needs to be kept in a tank on its own, but was a hit with the chil­dren, nonethe­less.

The fi­nal free find out about finny friends day is at 11am to­mor­row, Thurs­day July 16, at An­i­mates on Church St.


Finny fish-in-ation as Bethany Cul­li­nanNev­ell, 10, who is on hol­i­day looks over the fish still in school at An­i­mates.

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