DOLPHIN WATCH – THURSDAY 6 MARCH 2014 – 10am to 12pm

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History in a Coffee Cup – Dolphin Watch

 The second in the new initiative, History in a Coffee Cup, was held at the museum on the 6th of March. Around 50 local residents came to sit in the glorious Mrs Herbert’s Park under the shade of the trees, looking out at the river as they listened to our Dolphin Watch talk. The Freshwater Bay Museum’s very own historian, Dr Sue Graham-Taylor, presented a fascinating talk on the history of the dolphin in the river. Attendees learnt that in the past dolphins were killed for their hides and that in order to fix the smell of the river for the Queen mother’s visit in 1963 vanilla essence was poured in the drains! Following Sue was Marnie Giroud, from the River Guardians, who entertained the crowd with how to identify a mother dolphin and her calf by how they move through the river. A volunteer from the crowd, holding a soft toy dolphin, role played as the calf, with Marnie and a huge inflatable dolphin as the mother! Information about the Dolphin Watch program and what individuals can do to help maintain the health of the river was also discussed. Many questions were asked and there was a lot of interest in our future talks. Although there were no definite dolphin sightings one local, using binoculars supplied by Marnie, thought she spotted a fin!

A great crowd of 50 local residents came to the second History in a Coffee Cup talk, on dolphins. The Freshwater Bay Museum’s very own historian, Dr Sue Graham-Taylor, presented a fascinating talk on the history of the dolphin in the river. Attendees learnt that in the past dolphins were killed for their hides and that in order to fix the smell of the river for the Queen mother’s visit in 1963 vanilla essence was poured in the drains! Following Sue was the River Guardian’s Marnie Giroud who entertained and informed the crowd about how to identify dolphins and about the Dolphin Watch program.

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