Fiji Time: 6:40 AM on Friday 23 February

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Author inks plight of turtles

Dawn Gibson
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

IN A bid to raise awareness about the plight of turtles in Fiji, particularly among young children, WWF South Pacific has launched a book for children based on turtles common in Fiji.

The book, titled Sisi's Big Day Out, takes a look at the colourful, curious and often dangerous life of a young turtle named Sisi, who is growing up amid the beautiful coral, contrasted against the pollution from humans in the ocean.

Authored by WWF South Pacific's marine species co-ordinator Laitia Tamata, the book features colourful illustrations and informative insights into the life of Sisi and her helpful grandmother — both of which represent the five commonly found, yet threatened, turtles in Fiji — the green turtle, hawksbill turtle, loggerhead, leatherback and the olive ridley turtles.

"This book has stemmed from personally, covering all the endangered species in Fiji. So, apart from raising awareness through scientific presentations and community workshops, something we have discovered is the importance of targeting children," Mr Tamata said in an interview yesterday.

"So we're using the characters in the book to do that.

"This includes their lifespan and the threats they face — all in the form of a storybook so kids can identify these issues and learn from this at a younger age."

He said an important part of the story, among so many others, was when Sisi almost swallowed a floating plastic bag because she thought it was a jellyfish.

"This is a very simple book and it basically takes us through what turtles are feeling."

Plans are to get copies of the book into schools in Fiji.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.63400.6150
JPY 54.415451.4154
GBP 0.35770.3497
EUR 0.40670.3947
NZD 0.68870.6557
AUD 0.64290.6179
USD 0.50130.4843

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 22nd, February, 2018

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Wheels for ex-PMs
  2. Police brutality claims
  3. Ministers and public transport
  4. 200 vehicles from China
  5. Farmer admitted to Bar after struggle
  6. NFP: No to coup
  7. Public 'sick and tired'
  8. Family homeless after fire
  9. Nasinu family homeless after fire
  10. Family organises service for ambassador Veisamasama

Top Stories this Week

  1. Wheels for ex-PMs Thursday (22 Feb)
  2. Long wait Monday (19 Feb)
  3. Plans to open caves for public viewing Monday (19 Feb)
  4. None like Gita Friday (16 Feb)
  5. Tears flow for eleven Wednesday (21 Feb)
  6. Police brutality claims Thursday (22 Feb)
  7. Masirewa scores biggest try Monday (19 Feb)
  8. Adi Meretui joins SODELPA camp Monday (19 Feb)
  9. Bitcoin rises above $20,175 Saturday (17 Feb)
  10. Sau's 7s aim Monday (19 Feb)