Below are some talking points and activities to pass the time, all relating to today’s story.
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.
- Before reading the article, did you know where Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins live? Had you heard of Hector’s and Maui’s dolphin or know that they are among the world’s smallest, rarest dolphins? What other dolphin species do you know of?
- Looking at the photos, what do you notice about how the dolphins look different to other species of dolphin you may have seen, or seen photos of, such as common dolphins?
- How would you describe the effect of seeing the four dolphins caught in nets? Did you know that dolphins are caught in nets around the New Zealand coastline? How do you think this ends up happening?
- The article says that human New Zealanders share more genetic material with dolphin than any other endemic species. Can you explain why this might be?
- “In a world without nets inside the known range of Hector’s dolphins, the entire population, every group nationwide, would recover to around 15,000 individuals—half of the population size before gill-netting became widespread. And it would take just 39 years.” Banning gill-netting seems like a good idea – what might slow down legislative changes to ban it?
Activity: Home-made jigsaw
Have you ever tried making your own jigsaw puzzle? You could make one for a friend and drop it into their letterbox for a surprise.
You will need:
- A magazine picture
- Medium-weight cardboard
- Scissors or craft knife
Step One: Find a picture you like and carefully cut around it. Glue it onto cardboard. Make sure you put glue over the entire back of the picture as when you cut out your jigsaw, you want it to stay stuck down on every piece.
Step Two: Turn the cardboard over and draw on puzzle pieces with a pencil. The bigger you make the pieces, the better it will turn out.
Step Three: Cut carefully around your pencil markings, using scissors or a craft knife. Put all the pieces into a ziplock bag and give the puzzle to someone else to do!