Talisker steam boat
Fast and furious
Photo: Charlie Phillips
Ever wondered how large the biggest animal on earth
is? WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society is joining in the fun
at the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival by bringing along its life-size
inflatable Big Blue Whale. Now is your chance to realise quite how small
you are in comparison to this 100 foot giant!
In keeping with the event,
WDCS will be providing information and displays on the whales and dolphins
with which we share the seas and oceans. Bottlenose dolphins are often seen
along the Moray Coast and you can learn about the research that is being
carried out to study and protect these intriguing yet vulnerable animals.
Visitors will be able to
quiz the experts at presentations made by WDCS staff from the Moray Firth
Wildlife Centre in Spey Bay. There will be games and wildlife quizzes plus
face and tattoo painting, all with a marine wildlife theme.
Supporting the Boat Festival
is an important part of the work of WDCS as Kelvin Murray, Education Officer
pointed out: “The community spirit embodied in the Festival coupled with an
understanding of the importance of our natural heritage perfectly
compliments our commitment to raising awareness about whales and dolphins”.
Puffin Cruises will be providing 30 minute boat trips from the Harbour
throughout the weekend of the Festival (tide allowing). This will provide a
superb opportunity to see Portsoy from the sea, to watch the yachts sailing
close to, and just possibly to catch a glimpse of Moray Firth's Bottlenose