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A sanctuary for whales

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, July 24, 2014

THERE'S a tepee outside the WWF South Pacific office in Ma'afu St in Suva and it is no ordinary one either.

If it could talk, it would probably tell of the various journeys made by Surfers For Cetaceans, an NGO dedicated to whales, dolphins and sharks, to international conventions so these majestic creatures of the oceans can be saved.

Surfers for Cetaceans co-coordinator Howie Cooke first came to Fiji in 1975 and by the time he had left the Coral Coast, he was fluent in the Nadroga and Yasawa dialects. He is also the artist responsible for the art on the tepee.

He said the tepee represented a whale sanctuary.

"This tepee was made some 12 years ago and I put the art on it. Fiji is the 18th country this has come to. I use this to promote awareness on whales, dolphins and sharks. The Pacific has a connection with the ocean and therefor that connection with the whales," Mr Cooke said.

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