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WDC has unveiled its new audio-visual experience, the Dry Dive, at the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre, Spey Bay. The experience opens to the public from 29th March, 7 days a week.

Situated in the Centre’s historic Icehouse building, this unique audio-visual installation, shot in and around the Moray Firth, reveals the exciting and beautiful wildlife both above and below the water.

The thrilling guided experience takes you from the airy sunlit world of the river, down into the sea’s depths, to see the world from a dolphin’s eye. Birds clamour above, jellyfish drift like ghosts, dolphins and porpoises dart about. You might even see the UK’s largest fish, the basking shark. All without even getting your feet wet! All the footage was collected in the Moray Firth over the 2013 summer season, making it a truly local project.

The project team, funders and local guests attended the official launch at the Scottish Dolphin Centre, and experienced the Dry Dive before it officially opens in a few days time. “It was fantastic to see people’s reactions when they first glimpsed a dolphin swimming across the screen, or heard porpoises call to each other. We hope the exhibition will really open eyes to the beauty and fragile nature of the wildlife of the Moray Firth”, says Alison Jordan, Scottish Dolphin Centre manager. 

International wildlife photographer Andrew Sutton directed the project. “Having been involved in community development and marine conservation projects around the world in such places as Tanzania, Nicaragua and Sri Lanka, I was excited to be invited to work with the team in Spey”, says Andrew.

By empowering local people who work along (and on) the Moray Firth with cameras, combined with an arena like the Ice House in which to view the fantastic marine life that thrive in the waters was a challenge I couldn’t refuse. Hopefully this is just the beginning of a project which can provide a vital scientific and entertaining resource for the area for many years to come.”

Find out more about WDC’s Scottish Dolphin Centre. More images on the BBC website.

About George Berry

George is a member of WDC's Communications team and website coordinator.