Ju­niors get to work be­hind the scenes with ma­rine life

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS - RACHEL VERCOE [email protected]­s­coas­tad­vo­cate.com.au

A HAND­FUL of lucky kids will have the ul­ti­mate sto­ries to tell when they go back to school after help­ing feed seals, look­ing after sick wildlife and swim­ming with dol­phins. The Ju­nior Ma­rine Ranger Pro­gram at Dol­phin Ma­rine Magic has been a hit these school hol­i­days with kids ex­pe­ri­enc­ing what the rookie stars of the ABC3 hit TV se­ries Blue Zoo did. Kids got to spend a day get­ting their hands dirty by help­ing pre­pare fish buck­ets for seals and dol­phins, vis­it­ing the ma­rine hos­pi­tal and help­ing feed and care for pa­tients un­der re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. “What we usu­ally start the day with is get­ting nice and fishy, we go to our fish kitchen and pre­pare all the fish for the an­i­mals for the day,” Dol­phin Ma­rine Magic ma­rine as­sis­tant Cameron Fo­ley said. “Then we will also do an­i­mal work, we will do some en­rich­ment with the sea li­ons, then we also get to see some of the re­hab an­i­mals and at the end of the day the kids get to go for a swim in the wa­ter with one of the dol­phins.” At the end of the day, ju­nior rangers re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate and a spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence.

Photo: Rachel Vercoe

SEAL OF AP­PROVAL: Jake, Chloe, Ali­cia, Kobe and Louis were part of the Ju­nior Ma­rine Ranger Pro­gram at Dol­phin Ma­rine Magic.

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