Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching company has taken its passion for the gentle giants of the sea to new depths with its inaugural search to find the city’s first Young Whale Warrior.
Long-time operator Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching has just launched the competition to find, crown and reward the local youngster who best reflects the Spirit of a Whale Warrior.
Who can enter the hunt for the Young Whale Warrior?
Students in Years 3 to 6 at primary schools across the Gold Coast are invited to get themselves into the running by submitting a poem, story, drawing or video that demonstrates their love of, and dedication to, everything whale.
As the first Spirit Young Whale Warrior, the winner will receive a family season pass for Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching, an ultimate day out onboard with a marine biologist, and a prize pack.
Spirit of the Gold Coast Whale Watching spokeswoman Angela Del Bianco said the contest aimed to encourage young Gold Coasters to turn their passion for the massive mammals into action.
The winner will receive a family season pass for Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching, an ultimate day out onboard with a marine biologist, and a prize pack.
An incredible opportunity!
“Living right on the doorstep of the annual humpback migration means we are all privileged to witness this natural phenomenon, but also responsible for their protection and conservation,” Ms Del Bianco said.
“At Spirit we felt an obligation to create opportunities for youth to observe, connect with and protect these magnificent creatures as they make their way past the Gold Coast each year.
“We see the youth of this city as the key to the future of whale conservation and we need to nurture, inform and engage their passion for the ocean and its marine life.”
Ms Del Bianco said she was expecting an enthusiastic response to the competition from Gold Coast youngsters.
There are plenty of whales about this season
Learn about whales from a Marine Biologist!
“Aside from the honour of being named Spirit Young Whale Warrior, they will have the opportunity to get up close to these fascinating yet endangered creatures as often as they want to this season,” she said.
“They’ll also get the chance to meet and spend a day alongside our Marine Biologist, Zara King, who will give them expert insights into whales and their behavior.”
Ms King is kick-starting the Spirit Young Whale Warrior search with a series of educational talks at schools across the Coast.
“It will be great to meet the kids and get a sense of how they feel about whales and the conservation issues,” she said.
“I’ll be sharing as much of my expertise as possible and showing them what they can do to protect our oceans and marine life.
“I’m looking forward to meeting plenty of budding marine biologists, scientists and environmentalists during my school visits.”
How to become the Young Whale Warrior
Spirit’s Young Whale Warrior search launches as the Gold Coast Whale Watching community anticipates a jam-packed season of action from the migrating creatures, with their number sets to hit record levels.
The season is in full swing as whales leave the Southern Ocean and swim north to the warmth of tropical waters where they will give birth before heading south with their newborn calves later in the year.
Entries for the Spirit Young Whale Warrior competition should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by the August 28 closing date.
For more information, visit spiritwhalewatching.com.auspiritwhalewatching.com.au or phone 07 5572 7755.