Here is a dead Maui’s or Hector’s dolphin caught in a fishing net. It makes me want to cry. Because when fishing nets are trying to catch fish, they accidentally also catch Maui’s dolphins. Fish are Maui’s dolphins’ food and they are getting caught in the nets when they are trying to get their food or when they're just swimming along. This is also called “bycatch.”
The reason why they are dying in the fishing nets is because they can’t get out and they can only stay under the water for 2 ½ minutes. Dolphins are not fish. They are mammals and they need to breathe air just like you and me. This is a cruel and sad thing and the New Zealand government is not doing their job to protect this from happening.
Help me put pressure on the government so they will say they will help.
Sign the petition!
Every time someone signs the petition, it sends a letter to the New Zealand government. Show them people care - please sign now.
PS. I was spreading the story today with a neighbor. She shared with me these words, "God made these dolphins to enjoy, not destroy!"
This is my 2nd grade class helping me make posters to help save the Maui's dolphins. That’s me at the far right in the back in the group picture.
On Monday I talked to the class about the dolphins and made them interested.
On Tuesday all of these pictures are from when we made posters.
On Wednesday we colored Save the Last 50 Maui's Dolphin coloring pages and will mail them to the Prime Minister.
I have 23 kids in my class, each one of us represents half of the remaining Maui's dolphins. You can see us all on the slideshow below.
Everybody in my class thinks that catching dolphins in fishing nets is cruel and a bad thing. My friend Emma cried about the dolphins, she was so sad that they are dying. My friends like Gracee, Abby and Jacob donated their savings to my donation box.
My little sister Emy is trying to help too by sharing the Maui dolphin story with her class. She’s 5.
Help me save the last Maui's dolphins!
This is important because they will be the first marine mammal (cetacean) to die from humans.
Join me and help by:
1) Donating money to NABU International here, to fight the government's decisions
2) Sign the online petition here
3) Spread the word!!! To pressure the New Zealand government to save the Maui's dolphins
Hi! I'm Calista.
I am eight years old and this is my first blog.
New Zealand's Maui's dolphins are dying because they are getting caught in fishing nets.
Now there are only 50 left. Help me save them.
Challenge the government to turn the red sea green.
Fight for their lives. Make the New Zealand government make better laws that stop fishing where the Maui's dolphins live.
Challenge the New Zealand government and make them protect the last Maui's dolphins!
Donate online by clicking the dolphin on the right.
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