Whales and dolphins
I’ve been whale watching since 1987, lead whale watching trips, have often talked about whales and dolphins, and, most crucial of all, how to look out for them (cetaceans) from boats and cruise ships. From the Arctic to the Antarctic Peninsula, and from the coast of Papua New Guinea to the coast of California, I have seen over 60 species of whales and dolphins, with some great encounters from the mighty Blue Whale to inquistive Humpbacks andrious Orcas to swimming with wild dolphins. As an experienced ships’ naturalist I can also interpret charts and coastal/sea bed features, and work with the bridge crew and expedition leader to increase the chances of seeing whales and dolphins. I am a partner of the World Cetacean Alliance, eager to promote best practice when observing cetaceans, and how to improve the chances of observing them and maintaining records, especially some of the least observed animals on this planet - beaked whales! I was also involved with SEALIFE: A Complete Guide to the Marine Environment, worked closely with the artist to show dolphins from above - an important idea when looking at bow riding dolphins!
HAVING A WHALE OF A TIME: PART 1 - WHALES
HAVING A WHALE OF A TIME: PART 2 - DOLPHINS
Find out about whales and dolphins and their amazing adaptations. Discover how many litres of milk a Blue Whale calf can drink in a day and how the Blue Whale got the name. Also find out about the link between whalers and anti-slavery. I have many captivating stories from my own experiences, from encounters with Blue Whales, Orcas and Humpbacks, to one of the ultimate encounters - swimming with Atlantic Spotted Dolphins in the Bahamas.
With so many stories, facts, and great images, whales and dolphins are best done over two presentations, but can be done together in one talk. With my experiences around all seven continents and five oceans, I can do a general lecture, have a regional focus, or focus on a specific group of whales and dolphins in a presentation.