I came to visit Nantucket to see the ocean and learn about it. I’ve been helping to save the Maui’s dolphins in New Zealand. But I’ve never seen the ocean before. When I first saw the ocean, I felt happy, excited, and bubbly inside. The waves were huge and the sand was warm. They were so powerful! They made me feel small.
The people I met on Nantucket see the world in a different way. The ocean is a part of them. They understand how people are destroying this Earth. If everyone cared for ocean life as much as the people I met did, it would make the world a better place.
The New Zealand Maui's dolphins are dying because fishing nets are killing them. They can only hold their breath for 2 1/2 minutes. They are the smallest dolphin on Earth. Their dorsal fin is shaped like a Mickey Mouse ear and their noses are rounded. Now there are only 43-47 left.
The New Zealand government is not protecting them. Help me save them. Help me fight for them. Make the New Zealand government make better laws that fully protects where the Maui's dolphins live.
I want to help so I spread the word and donate money. I’m only one person but I’m not going to stop trying. The money that I’m raising goes to NABU International and challenges the New Zealand government’s decisions in court.
I’m just like you. I care about the ocean like you do. The ocean is a part of me too. I wish the New Zealand government was more like the people of Nantucket.
I just finished reading this book, In The Heart Of the Sea.
AND OMgosh it's a signed copy from the author himself! Nathaniel Philbrick!!!! He calls me, "A Lover of the Sea!" Yay!
(Thanks also to a Nantucket friend, Scott Leonard! We met this summer, a blog post on that trip and how I felt about the people of Nantucket coming soon.)
I thought the book was a tragic story with a lot of scary and sad parts. To me, the whale represented revenge against the people that have destroyed them and their journey. In his way, the whale was fighting back.
Ever since I started fighting for the Maui's dolphins, this journey has taken me really far. I've met a lot of amazing people and learned a lot of amazing things. I'm thankful and I continue to wish that people wouldn't destroy helpless animals. They didn't do anything to us but people still continue to destroy them.
There's even a movie coming out in December - I hope my mom lets me see it. :)
This summer in Provincetown, I met a woman named Palermo. She was the hostess at a restaurant we ate at and I was telling her about the Maui dolphins. She gave me money to donate towards my mission!
She also told me about how her and her daughter spend their time off to clean up and pick up trash on the Provincetown Beaches.
Thank you Palermo!
Calista is a wee dolphin champion who opened her heart to the plight of New Zealand's Maui’s dolphins in a big way.
Hector's and Maui's Dolphin SOS