It’s a whale fiesta!
by Meena Hussein
July 1, 2012
Today, in a town called the City of Knowledge within Panama City, we had a whale fiesta. Locals came out from all over to join us in asking the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to create a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic.
I was overjoyed to see the number of people here who care about whales. All kinds of people, young and old, came out in support of whales and whale sanctuaries. There was an inflatable humpback whale, and everyone participated in a human aerial art image (aerial photos to come shortly, I will update this post when they are ready) to send a message in support of saving the whales.
Though it was a hot day, everyone was in bright spirits. There were musicians and a choreographer leading a group of people to play on makeshift drums. Children were excited and playing.
Once everything was ready, everyone came together to sit down and form the aerial image. The helicopter flew overhead and a photographer took video and photos of the art.
After the aerial whale image was done, I overheard a father asking his 3-year-old daughter if she know why they were here. She said “We are here to save the whales.” Then he asked what everyone did just now. She said “We sat down to make a big whale and take a picture!” I was so happy to hear this little girl so up to speed on the issues!