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The team had a great time at Lyme Regis, although the weather could have been warmer.

 

Many thanks to all those hundreds of visitors who came to our stand to talk about whales and dolphins along the Dorset coast. Our collection of parasites collected from post-mortemed animals was avidly examined by many young boys, while the girls (young and old) were generally less impressed by them.

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On Friday it was schools day, we had many groups from local primary schools. Below is a group of kids preparing to carry away a stranded (inflatable) dolphin that they have just bagged up ready to go off for postmortem. Our volunteer Sarah seems to have everyone under control.

 

 

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Saturday and Sunday were open to everyone and we had lots of locals and visitors asking about animals they had seen along the Dorset and Devon coastline. All were amazed at the number of stranded animals on the NHM and CSIP databases and the variety of dolphins, porpoises and whales that have stranded.

 

We look forward to next years Lyme Regis festival when we will celebrating 100 years of recording the cetaceans that come ashore around the UK

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This weekend (5th and 6th May) is the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival and as part of the festival many of the Natural History Museum's scientists will be in the Grand Marquee on the seafront at Lyme Regis talking about fossils and lots of other things.

Members of the cetacean stranding team will be there to chat about the stranding project and some of the research that we do.  We have nearly 300 records from the Dorset area, from over a dozen different species of whale and dolphin that have stranded on the Dorset part of the channel.

We will bring along some interesting bits for you to see and if the weather is good we will be putting our Remotely Operated Vehicle into the water.

We will be there all weekend so come along if you are in the area, talk to us and find out more about these wonderful animals that end up stranded on our shores.

Hope to see you there.