Visit New Quay from 29 July - 6 August for a dolphin and whale filled week
This summer will mark the Sea Watch Foundation's 16th annual National Whale and Dolphin Watch – an event that encourages members of the public to conduct watches for whales, dolphins and porpoises and to report their sightings to Sea Watch via email, post or an online sightings form.
“Whilst we encourage as many people to conduct watches as possible during National Whale and Dolphin Watch, this event is not just about watching the sea,” says Amanda Sleath, Education and Outreach Assistant for the Sea Watch Foundation.
“We also aim to raise awareness of marine mammals and the issues they face through events taking place every day throughout the week.”
On the Cardigan Bay coast of West Wales, Sea Watch Foundation volunteers will be conducting land watches on New Quay pier between 7am and 9pm throughout the week. They will be happy to answer any questions about the work of Sea Watch and provide information on the events taking place.
A Dolphin Hub education room will be open between 10am and 4pm daily for the duration of National Whale and Dolphin Watch. This will be based in the Sea Watch office above Harbour Homes, next to the sea front car park. The Dolphin Hub will be filled with informative displays, games and activities.
“Along with lots more new and exciting events, this year we are bringing back popular activities such as the Dolphin Olympics, a fun-filled day of dolphin-themed sports, and the sandcastle competition which will be judged by a local celebrity,” says Amanda.
Many local businesses have supported the event by hosting a Dolphin Trail, in which people can search for dolphin statues and posters to spell out a secret word and receive a prize.
A list of all the family-friendly events taking place in New Quay can be found at http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/national-whale-and-dolphin-watch-events, or you can speak to one of the volunteers on the pier in the days leading up to the event.
To find out more about the event, see www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/nwdw.
To join a registered National Whale and Dolphin Watch event or register your own, visit: http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/nwdw-2017-watch-list/
Sea Watch is a registered marine conservation research charity working to improve the conservation of whales and dolphins in the seas around Britain and Ireland. It aims to involve, inform and educate members of the public and to raise awareness of threats faced by marine mammals.
Dolphins face a number of threats including accidental capture in fishing nets, marine pollution, noise disturbance and depletion of fish stocks. They may also be affected by rising sea temperatures as a result of global climate change.
Breaching bottlenose dolphins during the 2016 National Whale and Dolphin Watch (Photo: Peter Evans, Sea Watch Foundation.)
A three legged race during the whale olympics from the 2016 event (Photo: Sea Watch Foundation.)