LIVING Ocean has hosted their inaugural traditional indigenous whale welcome to sea at Avalon Surf Club. Local elder Uncle Neil Evers performed a smoking ceremony, followed by local Matt James' didgeridoo whale songs.
As the 200-strong crowd - including surf champ Tom Carroll and new MP Sophie Scamps - called the whales traditionally by squeaking their feet in the sands, a whale was seen breaching in the sea behind them.
Living Ocean began as a funding mechanism for Sea Shephard during the height of action against Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean and has evolved to a whale research focus. Today, Living Ocean are a full member of the Whales and Climate research program, alongside seven international universities and the Smithsonian.
"The importance of whales in addressing climate change is staggering when you consider each great whale captures 33 tons of CO2 on average, taking that carbon out of the atmosphere for centuries," said Living Ocean VP, David Cousins.
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