Gladstone's whale whisperers ready to protect marine life

Star of the Sea Catholic School students have become official ‘whale whisperers’.
Star of the Sea Catholic School students have become official ‘whale whisperers’. Brenda Strong

STAR of the Sea students had a whale of a time learning about the importance of protecting marine life on Tuesday.

A new initiative by Queensland Events and Tourism and Hervey Bay Whale fleet has dubbed 47 Year 6 students as Gladstone's 'whale whisperers', the first and only group in the region.

Students were full of questions when operations manager of the Pacific Whale Foundation, Andrew Ellis, talked about the program and threats to marine life.

Mr Ellis told students the biggest whale killer was rubbish.

"It is up to us to stop that from happening," he said.

The students were excited when Hervey the Whale dropped in.

Mr Ellis said kids were the future guardians of our marine life and it was important to teach them to take care of the environment from an early age.

"Little people can make a big difference too," he said.

Mr Ellis warned there were enough problems for marine life in Gladstone

. "If we don't try to do something, the rest of the world will head that way too," he said.