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Liz Carlson

Young Adventuress | @nzstuff contributor. Travel blogger and coffee addict. Always looking for adventure.


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Saturday night was the worst night of my entire life. 50kms into a 5 day tramp on the remote west coast of Stewart Island, we were wandering back to our camp at at sunset and came across hundreds of pilot whales becoming beached in the low surf. When we realized the horror of what we were seeing, we dropped everything and ran straight into the water. Desperately we grabbed their tails and pushed and yelled, before we got hammered by them thrashing around. It was useless - they were so big and heavy and the realization we could do nothing to save them was the worst feeling I’ve ever experienced. We were in a place with no people, no service, no help. @ju_riviera was a champion and took off running at 8:30pm in his wet sandy clothes and boots almost 15 kilometers back to a base hut up the bay where we knew there were DOC rangers working who would have a radio. He made it in 1.5 hours to raise the alarm, and I stayed with the whales til dark, sitting with them, dragging the smallest baby back in the water every few minutes before it would rebeach itself, and throwing water over the drier whales until my hands were numb from the water and wind. I’ll never forget their cries, the way they watched me as I sat with them in the water, how they desperately tried to swim but their weight only dug them deeper into the sands. My heart completely broke. When the realization there was no hope, it was almost dark, high tide was in the middle of the night and knowing this was one of the most remote places in New Zealand, I knew they would inevitable die. I sank to my knees in the sand screaming in frustration and crying, with the sound of dozens of dying whales behind me, utterly alone. It would take close to 1000 people to save them, more than double the whole population of Rakiura. The only positive bit was thanks to us alerting everyone, they were able to euthanize them shortly afterwards, and my heart hurts for the man who had that horrific job, and would have done anything to save them too. Otherwise it would have likely been days before anyone even knew the whales were there and a very long painful slow death for them all. I’ll never be the same after this.
13,385 | November 26, 2018
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Yesterday I did something scary and finally stood up and took a public stand on something that means a lot to me - protecting our community and beautiful natural spaces in New Zealand, particularly in Wanaka where I live, both around freedom camping and camping on our iconic Roys Peak 😬 I hesitated for so long about how to talk about this because my job is literally telling people to travel and come to New Zealand, but I realized I wasn't standing up for my values - all I care about is protecting my adopted country and inspiring the right people with the right behavior to come here, and teaching people respectful ways to travel. Pitching a tent on New Zealand's most popular day walk is rude. Camping in front of people's houses in your car and shitting everywhere is rude. Doing your dishes on the lakefront is rude. This kind of disrespectful behavior has no place here. Knock. It. Off. 🙌🏻 And I think its high time influencers who write about these places, who share these perfect photos (me included) think about their responsibilities and the messages they are sending to their followers, and what kind of behaviors they are encouraging. I'm copping so much shit for saying all this, and getting so much hate but I don't care. It’s about time someone took a stand on this, might as well be me, eh? 🌿 New Zealand has some of the best nature on earth, let's keep it that way. Share it with respect. Come but be mindful. ✨ Whatungarongaro te tangata toitū te whenua // As man disappears from sight, the land remains. 😊 More on my Stories ✌🏻#beresponsible #naturefrother
7,290 | April 17, 2018
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