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Dolphin Quest celebrates in style

Star turn: Dolphin Quest trainer Krysta Walker with Cavello in a picture taken at the Dockyard attraction last year (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Dolphin Quest celebrated its 20th anniversary in style, while raising funds for Windreach.

Despite rain, floods of people attended the organisation’s Dockyard headquarters at the weekend with fun castles, face painting, crafts and, of course, the dolphins.

Christine Mihelcic, general manager, said: “To say we were pleased with the day’s event might be considered an understatement. Sure, we can say that the weather was not ideal, but we hosted over 400 people and raised over $1,500 for a local charity, not to mention celebrating 20 years of inspiring over a quarter of a million people to make a difference.

“We realised early in the day that we might not have the traffic we had originally planned for due to the forecast of rain, so we were happy to see the support of the local community along with some of our visiting guests throughout the day.”

She said the organisation used the opportunity to tell people about the various education programmes that they offered, along with providing information about the more than 40 research projects that Dolphin Quest has supported.

“There were presentations almost every hour showcasing topics such as animal husbandry, enrichment, conservations initiatives and demonstrations on how we train, including training sessions with our African Grey Parrot that was a hit with the children that we are looking to introduce into our winter programme schedule,” she said.

“One of our founders, Rae Stone, flew in for this special milestone. Being able to support Windreach is a personal passion of Dr Stone’s so we were happy to partner again this year with this dynamic organisation.”

Dolphin Quest Bermuda opened in 1996 at the Southampton Princess Hotel and later moved to the National Museum of Bermuda in Dockyard.