The Gift that Keeps on Giving
Here at Dolphin Spirit, we are very conscientious, not just of the dolphins, but of our local community too. We see charity at the core of what we do, whether that’s giving free or heavily discounted trips to local organisations, to our own staff getting involved in events to raise money for charities in their own time. One of the charities we support as a company, and who are in turn very important to the work we do, is the WDC, or Whale and Dolphin Conservation.
Helping Our Stars
The WDC here do vital work in helping to protect the dolphins and other cetaceans we have in the Moray Firth, by providing them with a voice in rallies and in firth-wide decision-making, raising awareness, and working with other organisations such as Seawatch Foundation, CRRU and BDMLR to help those who may be in need. They also run the Shorewatch program, which has been vital in gathering citizen science sightings data to help track the dolphins and their activities. For us, we used to be able to see this work from our office, at the old North Kessock Seal and Dolphin Centre, which is sadly now closed. However, with Charlie Phillips, WDC’s Adopt-a-Dolphin Marine Mammal Field Officer, just over the water on a regular basis, we still get to see the work from time to time. Charlie is always welcome on our boat, so you may see him joining us for photo opportunities. We aim to work very closely with the WDC, and are always asking for advice, to make sure we are doing the right thing. We also want to support them and their work in return, and do so in a number of ways; our donations box on the front desk, charitable donations with the purchase of certain gift-shop items, and we have an adoption of our local girl Kesslet in the works too!
Gamers For Orcas
The reason for this off-the-cuff blog entry so early this morning, is that blog-writer and guide Krystyna is taking part in the WDC’s Gamers for Orcas challenge; doing a 24-hour live stream in aid of the WDC’s conservation work, starting around 9am (you can read about it and watch here). Of course we wish her every luck in the endeavor, and hope she reaches her target of £200 soon!