Whale and Dolphin Conservation

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East Sutherland Rotary Club guest speaker on 12th September 2018 was North Kessock based Charlie Phillips, professional wildlife photographer and Field Officer for the marine charity Whale and Dolphin Conservation.  Charlie wowed the members with his stunning photography and infectious enthusiasm for the wild dolphins that he studies plus some stories from his 20+ years studying the wonderful resident Bottlenose dolphins – many of whom can be seen off the coast of the Dornoch area in the summer months.  Charlie’s talk went through the general ecology of these very special Bottlenose dolphins, the largest of their species.   By photographing them they can be identified from individual marks on fins etc which enables the charity to track their movements round our coast and very importantly accurately count them.  Charlie also runs the fundraising Adopt a Dolphin project (Did you know that you can “adopt” a dolphin?) for the charity.  As he has to adjust his working day according to what the dolphins are doing it quickly became obvious that no two days are exactly the same.  Charlie’s talk ended all too soon and he had a lot of questions put to him by the audience.  The evening ended with the raffle, which was won by Speaker Secretary Linda Graham, who very graciously handed over the bottle of single malt to Charlie’s wife Susan as a gift.