Teaching About Whales
It’s amazing how many people live within stones throw of some amazing whale watching yet have never ventured out on a whale watch. Only a handful of the twelve teachers in attendance at our Floating Classroom teacher training session have been out to see a whale in the wild. None knew of the amazing marine life that lay below the surface of the waters that surround their home on this island. It seemed as though our training session time flew by as we found ourselves discussing much more than just whales. It’s ironic that Dominica is a world-renowned destination for SCUBA divers because of the beautiful coral reefs and diverse marine life, yet few residents have ever explored what lay beneath the surface.
It’s great to see so many people really enthusiastic about ocean education and why shouldn’t they be, there’s lots to be excited about. Despite the conflict that swirls around whaling versus whale watching, fisheries, and environmental issues in general there is still one thing that opponents on those issues cannot argue over. Children. No one is going to say children don’t deserve an education or that kids shouldn’t be afforded an opportunity to learn. Everyone agrees it’s absolutely critical that youth get the best education possible and in a country as poor as Dominica, every little bit counts. In this small community we’re helping people learn more about our ocean, so that whales and all marine life can live a life safer from human caused threats. It really seems to be working; we’re ensuring the whale watching industry continues to grow in a sustainable and ecofriendly manner in a region where every job is critical and while we’re at it we’re mentoring the next generation of responsible ocean stewards. By working together we’re helping whales and people.