The Manx whale and dolphin hosts summer sea watches so members of the public can join us in looking for cetaceans. We supply binoculars and help in spotting whales sharks dolphins and porpoise. The watches are always well attended and we always get people joining us who just happen to be there curious to see who we are and what we do. It’s a great opportunity to promote the watch and our work. People always have lots of great stories about what they have seen and sadly often also tell us how sea life used to be much more prevalent in the isle of man especially basking sharks. We have also hosted watches with everyone from rainbows ( 5-7 year old girl guides) to the women’s institute.
We cleaned the Manx whale and dolphin’s watch boat the named the Galps in honor of our founder John Galpin. I personally find it scary walking down harbor stairs backwards. Since I cant see where I am going and am convinced I am about to fall to a watery death. However unlikely. It took 6 of us over an hour to give the whole boat a good scrub down. Though it did look gleaming afterwards. a
Tynwald Day takes place every year on the isle of man in St.John’s not far from Peel. Also known as Manx national day. Tynwald is a celebration of Manx culture and history but it’s main function is political. The Island’s legislature, Tynwald meets All bills that have received Royal assent are promulgated on Tynwald Day; any act of Tynwald which is not so promulgated within 18 months of passage ceases to have effect. Other proceedings include the presentation of petitions and the swearing in of certain public officials. I watched the three hour procession and ceremony from the stands. I also went to the viking village a recreation of what viking life was like during the very first Tynwald day. MWDW had a stall out as part of the festivities.
The watch does a lot of work with children to educate them about cetaceans and conservation. We go to schools nurseries and children’s activity groups. The children no matter how young always seem interested engaged and enthusiastic. They have always have lots of questions and insights about sea life. Not to mention being knowledgeable about threats to nature through pollution and climate change.
Every year the Manx wildlife trust hosts the festival of the sea. An educational festival celebrating Manx sea life. The MWDW hosts its own stall made up of our trusty gazebo and tables full of information, merchandise and children’s activities. The first day of the festival the wind had a personal vendetta against our gazebo so we had to set up without it to avoid it been blown into the sea along with our blow up life size mascot Perkin the porpoise. Who had to go live in the van for the duration of the first day of the festival to avoid an unwelcome return to the seas.
The Manx wildlife trust for the festival borrowed some sea creatures from rock pools and shallow waters to put on display for the public to look at. They were short on volunteers so we also assisted at the tanks as well as at our stall. The tanks included starfish of various sizes, crabs of various sizes as well as everything from sea slugs to sea urchins. It was an incredibly popular event with larges queues throughout the day. After the festival was over the creatures were returned to their homes.