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Press Release: A Day for Warriors and Whales

Issued: 4 June 2013

ECO-WARRIORS, whale watchers, filmmakers and conservationists will gather in Apollo Bay on Saturday, June 8, to celebrate The Wonder of Whales.

Cape Otway Lightstation has organised the event to promote the whales’ seasonal return and the tourist attraction’s new whale-watching platform.

The free day of talks, films, and family activities will be at the Mechanics Hall in Apollo Bay from midday.

Crew from Sea Shepherd’s vessel Steve Irwin, one of four ships engaged in the Target Zero campaign in Antarctica during summer 2012/13, will screen a film about their work and speak about what they describe as their most successful direct action campaign, which they say saved 932 whales from Japanese harpoons.

The Peter Kirkhouse film Southern Ocean Dreaming, a collection of images set to tracks by local musicians, will also be shown.

It’s a contemporary story that takes audiences on a journey through the country of western district Aboriginal clans the Gadubanud, Kirrae Whurrong and Peek Whurrong – showcasing the region’s coastal beauty, surfers, dolphins and whales.

Lightstation manager Paul Thompson said the first Wonder of Whales day, held at the Lightstation last year, was a popular success with people who enjoyed the tourist attraction’s whale sculptures and were fascinated by hearing the stories of Sea Shepherd crew members.

“Environmental artist Peter Day will be offering free activities for children and families and we’ll also have educational displays from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries,” Mr Thompson said.
“The day will be an amazing experience for anyone interested in whales.

“We want to raise awareness of whale conservation and celebrate the whales’ arrival as they migrate north.

“We had three humpbacks off the Lightstation last week breeching and doing backflips – we’re really fortunate we see them all the time at the Lightstation between May and October.”

The Wonder of Whales will begin at midday, with the films screened at 3pm and again at 7pm.

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