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Thurso presentation gives insight into whales and dolphins


By Alan Hendry

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A bull from the orca pod known as the 12s off the east coast of Caithness earlier this year. Picture: Karen Munro
A bull from the orca pod known as the 12s off the east coast of Caithness earlier this year. Picture: Karen Munro

Members of the public were given an insight into far north marine wildlife and sea-watching at an event in Thurso.

The well-attended digital presentation on Whale and Dolphin Watching was run by High Life Highland’s countryside rangers in the North Coast Visitor Centre.

Paul Castle, countryside ranger for north Sutherland and north Caithness, explained the best techniques and locations for observing these creatures and talked about the diverse species of whales and dolphins that can be seen off Highland shores.

There was also an opportunity to examine some of the cetacean skulls discovered over the years by countryside rangers.

Paul said: “As this presentation was designed to be an inclusive and family-friendly experience, I was happy to see a good turnout from a range of different demographics.

“People were highly engaged in the different facts, insights and objects shared, which made it a truly remarkable day of collectively celebrating the world of whales, dolphins and the wider marine life of Caithness.

“To everybody who took the time to attend on the day – your participation and support has made a meaningful contribution to the preservation of our precious Highland wildlife and heritage.

“We are committed to making valuable educational opportunities, such as this Whale and Dolphin Watching presentation, accessible to all. We ask for your support through donations, which help us continue to protect and preserve the natural beauty of the Highlands.”

The digital presentation on Whale and Dolphin Watching was run by High Life Highland’s countryside ranger service.
The digital presentation on Whale and Dolphin Watching was run by High Life Highland’s countryside ranger service.

Donations can be made to the countryside ranger service through the High Life Highland website.

Ranger service manager Imogen Furlong said: “We were inspired by the enthusiastic reception from the local community during Paul’s presentation at the North Coast Visitor Centre.

“It has been a wonderful journey into the world of marine wildlife, and we are looking forward to hosting more environmental discovery events in the future to educate our communities about the cherished wildlife and heritage of Caithness.

“The involvement and backing of the Caithness community plays a crucial part in the rangers’ roles of safeguarding the Highlands’ natural heritage.

“If you missed this event, you may enjoy reading more about the rangers' activities, discoveries, facts and tips on our blog.”

The North Coast Visitor Centre, formerly Caithness Horizons, is managed by High Life Highland.


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