Superpod Success for Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre
The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales are delighted to announce that our Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) world record attempt, held on Saturday 24th September, celebrating 20 years of marine conservation was a huge success!
TV Wildlife Presenter Iolo Williams officially launched the world record attempt to create the ‘largest gathering of people forming the shape of a dolphin’ on the Main Beach, New Quay. To make the human superpod look like a dolphin attendees were asked to wear a blue or grey top and dolphin masks were provided on the day.
Over 335 people attended and formed the shape of this iconic marine mammal.
Gina Gavigan, Marketing and Development Manager for The Wildlife Trust said, “We are absolutely delighted with all the support we received on the day. Hundreds of dolphin wannabes of all ages filled the dolphin shape to create our human superpod. It was great to see so many families with young children taking part and showing an interest in marine conservation. If members of the public are inspired to learn more about our vital conservation work then please support us.”
Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre was established in 1996 as a non-profit organisation dedicated to conserving the marine life of Cardigan Bay through research and education. In April 2015, CBMWC became part of The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and are delivering the Trust’s Living Seas Programme.
Steve Hartley founder of the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre said, “the event was a celebration of 20 years of the CBMWC and marine conservation. It was also our opportunity to highlight the hard work, support and dedication our volunteers have provided over the years”.
Sarah Perry, Living Seas Science Officer said, “As a former volunteer myself I know how difficult it can be to gain valuable experience in the environment sector in order to gain employment, not only does CBMWC provide this opportunity, but our aim is also to inspire the local community as well as future generations to help look after the marine environment”.
Dr Stephanie King, Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia and member of the Shark Bay Dolphin Research Alliance volunteered at CBMWC for six months in 2006.
All of these great photos from the day were done by Janet Baxter.
Dr King says “My time volunteering at the CBMWC provided me with an invaluable, unique experience that without doubt benefited me in my chosen career. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to support marine conservation work in Wales through my time at CBMWC and to have the opportunity to be inspired by the Cardigan Bay dolphins.
I know that many other people have also benefited greatly from the fantastic opportunities available; I thoroughly enjoyed my time in New Quay working with a fantastic committed, professional team of people. I continue to collaborate with the staff and volunteers based at the CBMWC, focusing on the vocalisations of the bottlenose dolphins of Cardigan Bay.”
Other marvellous marine activities on the day included an interactive marine wildlife rescue demonstration from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, story telling with Puffin Pal and his Island Friends and marine arts and crafts from a variety of stalls. Massive congratulations to Llanarth Primary School who won the local school marine art competition sponsored by Celtic Sustainables.
The Wildlife Trust would like to thank Dolphin Survey Boat Trip, Celtic Sustainables and Discover Ceredigion for sponsoring the event, thank you to all the schools for submitting entries to the art work competition and all the wonderful stall holders for helping make the event a great success. Thanks also to The Lime Crab, Crème Pen Cei, New Quay Honey Farm and Dolphin Survey Boat Trips who kindly donated some fantastic prizes for our raffle on the day.
A special thank you also to Iolo Williams and all our dedicated volunteers for their support and hard work over the last 20 years.