Published on : Thursday, June 23, 2016
A new Whale Tail Trail that has surfaced on the Port Stephens waterfront has captured the imagination of locals and visitors alike, with the public invited to colour in one of the new tail sculptures installed by the marina in Nelson Bay to celebrate the region’s whale watching season.
The two-metre, fibreglass tails were installed along the foreshore for Port Stephens’ annual Naturefest winter celebration from June 1 to July 13 but have proved so popular that D’Alboras Marinas and Destination Port Stephens now plan for the tails to stay until at least October. Three artistic replicas of humpback tails are currently on display but more are planned in the near future, with the aim of establishing a 1km-long Whale Tail Trail from D’Albora Marinas along the Nelson Bay waterfront to Fly Point. There is also a plan for local school children to paint new tails in future years.
The trio of tails has been designed and built by local art-conservationist-focused business, Atlantis Port Stephens, which aims to establish a marine museum in the area filled with life-size replicas of marine mammals.
One tail is decorated in abstract art and the second, which also glows in the dark, in Aboriginal symbols while the third has chalkboard with coloured chalk on hand for the public to interact with the structure and colour in patterns of marine life covering the tail. The chalkboard tail is wiped each day for the next round of amateur, whale-loving artists.
Each tail also comes with one chapter about the life of a fictitious baby humpback called Harvey, with each story describing the whale’s first year of life.
Atlantis Port Stephens Director Matt Johnstone said he was delighted the debut of the Whale Tail Trail had captured the imagination of so many locals and visitors.“The sculptures are designed to inspire and educate the public about the majesty of the humpbacks which grace the shores of Port Stephens every winter so we are heartened it has struck a chord and we hope the Trail can expand into a bigger celebration of these majestic mammals,” Mr Johnstone said. “As the Trail grows, we can also extend the story of Harvey and follow his journey through life.”
The Whale Tail Trail is a free, 24-hour display at D’Albora Marinas in Nelson Bay, with the sculptures in place until October.Spearheaded by Destination Port Stephens in collaboration with industry operators and supported by Port Stephens Council, Naturefest celebrates and promotes the region, 2½ hours north of Sydney, as one of NSW’s premier nature destinations.
Source:-Visit Port Stephens