Island Whale Month on its way!
It is all hands on deck at the Phillip Island Men’s Shed as they create 200 Whale Tails to be displayed across Phillip Island and San Remo as part of Island Whale Month.
The volunteers at this industrious venue have been working hard cutting whale tails out of plywood to form part of this year’s Island Whale celebrations. The Whale Festival Committee will distribute the tails to local shops, artists and venues to decorate and display in shopfronts to herald this special month in the calendar. The Island Whale Festival committee called on the Men’s shed co-ordinator Terry Heffernan who enthusiastically took on the challenge. Each week tails are being cut out, sanded and prepared for the event.
From 11 June to 11 July, townships across Phillip Island and San Remo will fly Island Whale flags, display posters and the whale tails, which are a new innovative additions to help celebrate this time of the year.
Island Whale Month sets out to celebrate the arrival of migrating humpbacks and visiting Southern Right whales to our local waters. Winter Whale Cruises with Wildlife Coast Cruises will commence on the Queens Birthday weekend, and the Festival committee is working on a range of events across the month. The award-winning Island Whale Festival will be held on the 2nd weekend of the winter school holidays, 2-4 July. With some changes to meet COVID events and the closure of the Cultural Centre, the Festival events will be spread across various venues including the Penguin Parade, The Nobbies Centre and St Philips Church. There will be an extensive range of science talks, Whale out of Water presentations and much more.
The program is well advanced and will be launched officially on Thursday, 10 June. Catch up on all the news by following @IslandWhales on Facebook/Instagram and the official website islandwhales.com.au
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Vern Stone, Mick McMullen and Terry Heffernan at the Phillip Island Mens Shed, Cowes