Welcome fest awash with eco messages

Shannon SmithAlbany Advertiser
The LiveLighter Welcoming the Whales Festival 2019 will take place at Albany's Historic Whaling Station.
Camera IconThe LiveLighter Welcoming the Whales Festival 2019 will take place at Albany's Historic Whaling Station. Credit: Carol Duncan

As whales start their migration along WA’s south coast, the friendly giants will be welcomed in style next month.

The third annual Welcoming the Whales Festival at Albany’s Historic Whaling Station will give people the chance to learn about the mammals in a fun way.

With displays, talks, entertainment and activities, the event ensures whale-spotters will know more about what they are trying to photograph.

Perth-based Soulsea Mermaids will make an appearance, telling children mermaid wishes as they share the importance of eliminating litter — especially in the form of single-use plastic water bottles.

Albany’s Historic Whaling Station general manager Elise van Gorp said the mermaids would add a “touch of magic”.

“The environmental message to reconsider your use of single-use plastic water bottles will be strengthened by the fact it is delivered by realistic mermaids,” she said.

The day starts at 10am on June 1, with the official festival opening at 10.30am. It will run until 2pm.

For information, visit discovery bay.com.au.

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