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Dolphinman - Resume
Short resume of all eight presentations


Starting with a space journey to our place in the universe, to see “Spaceship”earth spinning around the sun.  Landing on the British Isles. We see where all fresh water comes from.  Look at variety of habitats, starting in the countryside. Into the pond to meet the fish, water bugs and the otter. On into the city to meet the spider.  Along the shoreline and, finally, underwater into the sea.
Starting with the dangers on a rocky shore, showing the movement of the tides, how it brings food, how the plants use the sea for support to enable them to make full use of sunlight. We then look at animals living in the pools, how they feed, where to find them. Then, with the help of a plastic container as a 'portable aquarium ', show the children how they can see the plants and animals underwater.

We start with a 'shore dive' looking at plants and animals photographed in their natural habitat. Then deep down vertical underwater cliffs at St. Kilda (Outer Hebrides) to have a look at beautiful animals with unusual or gruesome names like Lumpsucker or Dead Mans Fingers.  On the way back to the surface we meet the Basking Shark, the second largest fish in the world. (10m) looking into the gaping mouth to see its gill rakes.
Beginning with the source of all fresh water and the way it is distributed. Covering a year of life in freshwater.  Showing how the plants underwater make oxygen for all the life that lives in a pond or river. Offering homes for frogs, tadpoles and water bugs such as pond skaters, great diving beetle larvae, the water boatman beetle. The pond is also home for flying insects who find food and home for their larvae to overwinter.  We show how to safely pond-dip and finish back underwater showing many kinds of fish, ending with the Pike.
This shows the Bottlenose Dolphin's body structure in detail, enabling it to move freely through the water.  Their skins of many colours for camouflage (there are 28 different species of the dolphin family), eyes, ears and sonar to find food plus a demonstration of their power.  We then go to South Wales to dive with a wild bottlenose male dolphin in the sea, seeing how the he makes friends and given an insight into his “private” life, hunting, sleeping and playing.
The first section covers boat construction and how ships can be lost at sea.  We then go into a lighthouse to show how it is used by Captains as a navigational aid.  Then we go underwater and see how wrecks are used like artificial reefs offering many habitats for plants and animals.  The animals, fish and seals can hunt inside the wreck for food.  Fish can also use the wreck as a "nursery".  We end with my experience of working on a treasure wreck looking for silver dollars.
We first show the source of all fresh water and the way it is distributed. Then underwater to see the plants and animals photographed in their natural habitat, starting in the spring with the toads and then going through the year in the life of a typical pond.  Looking at dragonflies, pond skaters and sticklebacks.  There is a small section showing how to safely pond-dip, then back underwater to meet the otter.
Beginning with the Gray Atlantic Seal, showing their camouflage, where they are to be found and how to approach them.  Their habitats and body structure.  The Common Seal is also shown, then we move to the Bottlenose Dolphins showing their body structure, speed, grace, intelligence and their sonar.  Next is the most intelligent ultimate predator in the sea, the 10 meter Killer Whale, of which the talk covers all aspects.
All the presentations fully cover all aspects of field craft and water safety.

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