The Wild Dolphins of Aberdeen

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There’s a new type of dolphin to look out for in Aberdeen this summer. These colourful new inhabitants have unique markings, live on land, are about the same size as a bottlenose dolphin and were all painted by hand… that’s right, Wild in Art has come to Scotland!

Until August 29 Aberdeen will be hosting the ‘Wild Dolphins’ project, organised by Wild in Art together with charities The ARCHIE Foundation and Whale and Dolphin Conservation, which will see 50 life-sized fibre glass sculptures of bottlenose dolphins going on display at various locations throughout the city. There are also 37 calves painted by the local school children.

Each sculpture features a unique design, with artists exploring a number of sources of inspiration from things such as birds, the ocean, music and more. There’s something for everybody!

All of the sculptures will be auctioned off for charity, with the proceeds going towards helping sick children and protecting local dolphins.

For those willing to rise to the #Find50 challenge or those hoping to take a #Dolphie (a dolphin selfie!) with Aberdeen’s Wild Dolphins, download the Wild Dolphins app or check out the online map to see where they’re all hiding. Remember to tag your photos with #WildDolphins!

To catch a glimpse of some real dolphins, try your luck at Torry Battery near Aberdeen Harbour or head up to the coast of Banffshire, Scotland’s ‘Dolphin Coast’. Be sure to sample some of Aberdeenshire’s delicious food & drink or check out some of the region’s attractions while you’re in the area!

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Daniel Barr

Daniel is a keen wildlife enthusiast from Edinburgh with a particular fondness for reptiles, marine mammals and iconic Scottish species.

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