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Why you should become a whale volunteer

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Wild About Whales
Willy the Bryde's whale rescue, Manning River. Photo: Manning

Volunteering. Have you ever thought about it? Have you ever done it? It’s something we always hear about but unless you’ve actually volunteered for something yourself, it’s hard to understand all the reasons why it’s such a great thing to do.

Such a big world, so many causes, and whale conservation is another important cause that you can get involved with by volunteering.

Here’s just a few reasons why you should become a whale volunteer:

  • It’s an important part of environmental conservation
  • Volunteer work achieves real objectives
  • You can get to play an important role in scientific and conservation activities
  • It’s a great way to learn more about whales
  • You can work with experts in the field to gain insights from professionals

Whale conservation volunteering may involve a variety of activities including data collection, research, maintenance, management or implementation of projects.

So what’s actually in it for you? By becoming a whale volunteer you can:

  • Achieve a sense of ‘giving something back’ by helping to protect whales and their environment for future generations
  • Educate yourself on whales, whale species, behaviour and environment
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Have fun
  • Learn or develop new skills
  • Feel part of your community
  • Take up a new interest or hobby
  • Increase your future employment options
  • Inspire others to do the same

Volunteers can get involved in great coastal activities like the annual whale count at Cape Solander. So you think you would like to be a whale volunteer? Call the Kamay Botany Bay National Park office on (02) 9668 2000 to find out how, or check out other ways you can get involved in volunteering in NSW national parks.

You may have also heard about ORRCA (Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia). This group is the most experienced and successful whale rescue organisation in Australia.

Anyone can become a member of ORRCA and undertake training in marine mammal rescue. By becoming an ORRCA volunteer member, you can get involved with the protection and welfare of our whales, as well as seals, sea lions, dolphins and dugongs. Training workshops are held all year round at a variety of locations all along the coast. For more information visit the ORRCA website.

For more information on whale watching in our national parks, visit the Wild About Whales website.

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