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There are a number of different lectures and presentations which I have developed and each is designed to last from 45 minutes to an hour. Some can be expanded further by up to half an hour if desired and time can be allocated to Question and Answer or Workshop/Discussion sessions. All are lavishly illustrated with beautiful photographs and informative diagrams and many also include video clips.


ONLINE TALKS  My latest venture is the launch of my online talks, about whales, dolphins and porpoises, marine conservation and other topics. Watch here or contact me for the latest details.
 

FREE ZOOM TALK – Thursday 12th May @8pm UK time

UK Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises

What can you see, where can you see them, how can you help?

Did you know, there have been 30 species of cetaceans found in UK waters, yes really, 30! Some of them are very rare indeed but others can be seen regularly and this talk will focus particularly on these and show you some of the best places to find them! Photographs and video will help you learn a little about how to identify them and the behaviours you might observe and there’ll be some “fascinating facts” too! If you love whales and dolphins, and would like to find out more about them, then this is the talk for you!

We’ll also explore some of the work being done to study and protect them and how you can get involved with the research!

The talk will be approximately 50 minutes to an hour, followed by an opportunity to ask questions and find out more for around 20 minutes.

Pre-register now at: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jNs3UVFST6S3ygSyUihFyw

Although the webinar is FREE it is given to raise funds for, and awareness of, Sea Watch Foundation and providing this service has it’s own costs and expenses to cover. Please support us by making a donation (typically £5-£10 but whatever you can afford) to: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=Z4F57FYM6X9GU

 

Please pre-register now and join me on Thursday 12th May @8pm!


ORCA WATCH LIVE! If you missed this excellent week of online events, with your truly as host, the shows are available FREE on the Sea Watch Foundation YouTube channel here. Learn about the Scottish Killer Whale Photo Identification Catalogue 2021, watch our Final Roundup and discover the sightings from each day.

The talks are easily adapted to suit audiences of any age or nature and have been enjoyed by cruise ship passengers, international conferences, wildlife and conservation societies, special interest groups, university and senior school students, primary school pupils and Guide and Scout Groups.

My standard fee is £125 for for a 2 – 3hr booking divided into 2 different sessions. Shorter 1-2hr sessions are available, particularly for small, local, audiences/groups at a cost of £75. In both cases, this is plus very reasonably travel expenses of 25p/mile. Alternatively, all of my talks and workshops can be presented remotely over Zoom if you would prefer. Email robin@TheWhaleandDolphinMan.co.uk or phone +44 (0)7768 592306 to discuss your needs.

The titles currently on offer are:

  1. Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises of …. An interesting guide to what species can be seen in the chosen area/region of the world.
  2. What’s That Whale? Introductory and interactive Identification Training Workshop  and Quiz.
  3. UK Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises What species can be seen around the UK coast, where to see them and how to help study and protect them.
  4. Friendly Wild Dolphins When and why have some dolphins chosen to interact closely with humans?
  5. Fascinating Facts about Whales, Dolphins and their Ocean World An entertaining and informative look at some of the wonders of the ocean world.
  6. Fascinating Facts about Animal Adaptation The amazing way various marine creatures have adapted to living in the hostile ocean environment.
  7. Fascinating Facts about Marine Migrations A fascinating exploration of some of the creatures which undertake these amazing journeys and why they do it.
  8. What has whaling ever done for us? A fascinating look at the once essential uses of whaling products and the story of some of those who took part.
  9. Dolphins in Ancient Greek Mythology and Culture The part dolphins played in art, mythology, culture and technology.
  10. Close Encounters of the Cetacean Kind A personal and moving look at how close encounters with dolphins and whales, can change one’s life!
  11. Iconic Species: Bottlenose Dolphin Discover why this is the best known of all dolphin species and learn what the latest research tells us about intelligence, hunting techniques and social activity.
  12. Iconic Species: Humpback Whale Discover why the Humpback Whale is such a favourite of the whale watching industry and probably the most photographed and researched of all species.
  13. Iconic Species: Sperm Whale Be amazed by the biology of this huge deep-divng specialist and discover why it became the focus of the whaling industry.
  14. Iconic Species: Orca, “The Whale Called Killer” Learn about the many different populations around the world, their different hunting strategies and how they became both feared and loved.
  15. Amazing Amazon A close look at this amazing eco-system, with wildlife photographs taken during two visits by cruise ship.
  16. Marine Conservation: Why does it matter and what can we do? An exploration of the importance of the oceans to human life and activity, and how to address the threats they face.
  17. The Whole Nine Yards Nautical Sayings and Superstitions and how they have influenced our language.
  18. Letting the Cat out of the Bag  Nautical Sayings and Expressions which have become part of our language.
  19. Pirates and Privateers An entertaining romp through pirate lore, including how to become an official pirate and why not all pirates are from the Caribbean!
  20. Nautical Knowledge: What the Captain learned in college Find out about cruise ship navigation and operation, lights, buoys and channels and other aspects of life at sea.

I also work closely with International Dolphin Watch and have exclusive rights to show films by the late and much missed Dr Horace Dobbs, the inspirational dolphin author and film-maker, and to talk about his life and work. The film titles are:

Ride a Wild Dolphin”, a ground-breaking film from 1976 showing how Donald, a friendly wild dolphin first seen of the Isle of Man, formed an incredible bond with Dr Horace Dobbs and Maura Mitchell and changed people’s lives.

“A Closer Encounter”, a dramatic film showing how Dr Horace Dobbs explores the extraordinary mind of a solitary wild dolphin named Jean Louis in the treacherous waters of the Bay of Lost Souls, Brittany, France.

“Bewitched by a Dolphin”, A moving and beautiful film about the impact of Simo, a solitary Bottlenose Dolphin, on people in the small Pembrokeshire village of Solva.

“The Dolphin’s Touch”, A specially extended version of the highly acclaimed television film in which Dr Horace Dobbs introduces three clinically depressed people to the lone wild dolphin Funghie in Dingle Bay, County Kerry, Eire.

“Dolphin Dreamtime” is a 30 minute relaxation and visualisation experience featuring Aboriginal music and dolphin, whale and other natural sounds.

Please contact me to discuss details – 07768 592306 / robin@TheWhaleandDolphinMan.co.uk