News 1st broadcasted on Sunday May 10, 2015 to millions of viewers in Sri Lanka a news bulletin
At 7pm - Sirasa TV: Watch the Sinhala News Video At 8pm - Shakti TV: Watch the Tamil News Video At 9pm - MTV Sports & Shakti TV: Watch the English News Video A trailer was shown 55 mins past the hour on MTV Sports Live @55 throughout the day.
For the first time in Sri Lanka, Patrick Dykstra and I used a set of aerial cameras do an in-depth study of whale and dolphin movements and behaviours.
On hearing about our research work off Dondra and Kalpitiya, the News 1st team shadowed and captured our movements with the whales and dolphins. Besides being able to study these animals from a distance like never before and take footage that we could never have seen normally, Patrick and I got a great opportunity to get our message out to the public-at-large.
- Whales and dolphins populations must now be allowed to recover from past whaling and fishing activities that dramatically reduced their numbers.
- In addition to government agencies, each and every one of us must take responsibility for their protection.
- Existing regulations need to be tightened and better enforced.
- We are visitors in their domain and must allow the mammals to decide on the agenda.
Besides being an essential part of the entire food chain, whales and dolphins complement humans with their high intelligence and communication skills.
For this publicity we are most thankful to News 1st, Chevaan Daniels, Krishan Devasagayam and crew. Also, for the vessels and crew from Borderlands, Weligama and Bar Reef Resort, Alankuda Beach.
May 12, 2015 Update: Collectively the three news bulletins had over 400,000 views and 20,000 shares on Facebook alone. And now it has gone viral through various social networks and websites.
Patrick Dykstra is a renowned Wildlife Photographer and Filmmaker. Besides travelling around the world working with wildlife, Patrick supports marine research and conservation in Sri Lanka.
1. News 1st. "A rare encounter with the gentle giants of Kalpitiya". 10-May-2015.
2. News 1st. The official facebook page. 10-May-2015.