Get to market for a whale of a time

THE Coffs Coast community is being encouraged to take part in local and national activities for National Whale Day on June 7.

The Harbourside Market will be whale-themed that weekend and visitors can go along dressed as a whale to take part in a Whale Costume Parade.

Coffs Harbour City Council will also be running a special 'National Whale Day' stall.

In 2007, the council adopted a whale on behalf of the Coffs Harbour community to underline its opposition to whale hunting. The whale was named Janggalay, meaning 'free spirit and happy go lucky' in the Gumbaynggirr language.

“Living here on the Coffs Coast, we have the immense privilege of witnessing the annual migrations of humpback whales along our coast,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Cr Keith Rhoades.

For National Whale Day this year, the International Fund for Animal Welfare is running a photo competition.

IFAW is asking people to send photos of themselves or friends making a 'whale tail' with their hands as a symbol of their support for whale conservation.

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