The 1st Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch Show was a tremendous success with over 2,000 local residents coming through the doors over the course of the weekend, that’s 2.5% of the population of the Isle of Man. Held at the Villa Marina on 10th and 11th February 2018, the show was a marine life extravaganza, showcasing life-size realistic marine creatures made by Andy Peters of the Whale Workshop. Information about our local species of whale, dolphin and porpoise was displayed, experts were on hand to talk to, big binoculars offered a powerful lookout across Douglas Bay. Over 300 children took part in our marine quiz, learning all about how these animals socialise and hunt. A plastics corner with a large Minke whale made of recycled bottles educated people on the issue of plastic litter pollution and how you can help. The local press came down; Mike Wade of IOM Newspapers took hundreds of photo’s, Manx Radio and 3FM both did interview pieces with our Education Manager Jen. A team of wonderful volunteers, most of whom are members of MWDW, welcomed people with big smiles at the welcome desk, served endless cups of tea and coffee, baked hundreds of cakes, managed the raffle and chatted to folk at our membership desk. We honestly couldn’t have run the event without them, and we massively appreciate their hard work.
As a result of the show, people of all ages have been inspired to reduce their plastic consumption and to get involved in all aspects of our work. We have been asked if we would run the event again and the answer is yes! Possibly next year… so watch this space.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Culture Vannin for contributing £1,000 to the event, this covered venue hire and some of the displays. Also thanks to the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company for kindly paying the return ferry ticket for Andy to bring his inflatable creatures over from England.