Mon 6: Kaikoura

It’s a new week. Let’s start it with some dolphins! (Always the best way to start a week, IMO.)

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Below are some talking points and activities to pass the time, all relating to today’s video. If young readers find it tricky; just look at the pictures and read the captions to figure it out.

Talking points

Discuss the ideas presented in the story with your family—at home or over video conferencing. Find ways to involve as many people as possible, especially those who you know are isolated by the lock-down.

  • We see dusky dolphins play “pass the seaweed”, do acrobatics and sleep with only one half of their brain. Did you particularly enjoy watching any of these? Was there anything else you liked or disliked about the dolphins?
  • The dolphins “commute” each day to the Kaikoura Canyon, which is 60km long and up to 1200m deep. The sides of this canyon are like underwater cliffs covered with plants. Which animals did you see making use of the plants?
  • The Kaikoura ocean food chain starts with phytoplankton (tiny plants), which we saw being eaten by krill and squat lobster. What might come next? How many animals can you add?
  • Were there any moments in the episode that you found a bit stressful or scary?
  • If you were making orchestra music to show the kelp forest swaying in the currents, which instruments do you think you would use? Are there any instruments you wouldn’t use? French composer Camille Saint-Saens tried to capture the sounds of a kelp forest in the “Aquarium” segment of his Carnival of the Animals. Do you think he succeeded? Could you make up a “kelp forest” dance to go with this music?

Task for the day

What items do you have around home that could clink together in the wind and make a peaceful noise to remind you of swaying ocean currents?

Here are some ideas:

  • Empty tin cans out of the recycling bin
  • Seashells
  • Driftwood
  • Bottle tops
  • Old, disused keys
  • Seaglass
  • Seed pods
  • Old spoons, forks

How to make a wind chime:

  • Collect your materials.
  • Use a hammer and nail or drill to make a hole in each item. (Get an adult to help you with this.)
  • Thread wool, string or fishing nylon through the hole in each item and tie a knot behind the hole to secure it.
  • Tie the other end of the string to a stick. Add several items, close enough together to bump each other. Secure the stick to a tree branch.
  • This wind chime has been made entirely from shells – how might the music sound different to the tins?

Send us a picture of your wind chime!