Q&A with Narisa (Nuna)

Narisa or known as Nuna  is one of the active members of ‘A call for Animal Rights’ group, a group of people dedicated in helping animals in Thailand through a good cause. Narisa developed her passion in raising dogs, which has grown to become love for wildlife over the years when she was in Australia. She speaks with us about the whale watching trip on June 8.

LWL: Have you seen whales before?

 Yes, at Perth in Australia when I was around 19 or 20 years old.

LWL: What are your thoughts on these animals?

I’m very impressed. I have always love wildlife ever since I was a little girl. Back when I was in Australia, I came to appreciate more on marine life such as sharks, whales and dolphins. This has led me to visit different places and also out exploring in the wild. I have stopped consuming shark fins ever since I spent my time in Australia as the country takes shark conservation and this issue really seriously.

LWL: Tell us what you feel about this trip.

 It’s a very fun day. Whale watching in Australia is quite a normal activity there, but I have never known before that there is one here, and this really sparked my interest. At first I was wondering whether I would see one on the day, but I am very happy to have met dolphin, whales, and its calf in a very close distance. And the fact that you see the calf shows that mating do take place in Thailand.

LWL: What did you get from this trip?

It’s being close with the nature, and being able to see whales out in the wild. It makes me happy to see wildlife consume, grow, swim, and mate out in the vast ocean. It is much better than seeing captive dolphin shows as it is considered one of the most severe forms of animal cruelty. I am very happy to see the animal out in the wild and that we have such huge mammals living in Thailand which I initially thought has already gone extinct.

LWL: Did you know that these whales have been here for a very long time?

I just knew this too, and I am sure many people don’t know that whales even existed in Thailand. I personally think if we cannot control or regulate the system we should not encourage people to visit this area. The most important step is to form a conservation attitude between wildlife and the ecosystem, not just passively observing them. If we do not have a conservation mindset, this can led to consequences; just like what you see when people without a conservation mindset litters and wildlife end up consuming the things that you leave in the forest.

LWL: I heard that you are an activist for A Call for Animal Rights. Can you tell us what you did there?

 I found the page through social networking. I saw that the group held walk rally event to issue an act on wildlife law in Thailand. I was interested and decided to participate. Since then I have receive news from their social network page such as rallying to Thai National Assembly. What draws me to this group is the fact that it doesn’t just focus on dogs, but it looks at other animals such as elephants, dolphins, whales to animal cruelty. It has been about two years for me since joining the walk rally.

LWL: Any message to the people out there reading our blog?

I think if we don’t do anything, nothing will ever happen. We need to become a voice that empowers others, creating that awareness and changes. Many people for example, did not know that consuming shark is actually hazardous and have huge consequences to the ecosystem. Our job is to provide correct information and become a voice that needs to be heard.

About the author

Pairat Temphairojana (Pai) is working as a journalist in Thailand. It was in 2009 when he first saw blue whales in a whale-watching tour in Alaska – and upon hearing that such majestic creatures like the Bryde’s whales is populating in the gulf of Thailand, he did not hesitate to join as a whale-watching guide in Thailand. He believes that having proper standards and regulations for a safer whale watching activities in the gulf of Thailand is necessary and can lead to a more sustainable tourism for the locals living in the region. Pai will be regularly joining us on board as a field observer and a reporter on our frequent visits to the Gulf of Thailand.

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