Hope – the inflatable life-size humpback whale

Meet the newest member of WDC, our life-size inflatable whale called Hope! Hope measures 13m long and 8m wide, similar to a real-life humpback whale.

She also looks like a real-life humpback whale both outside and inside. Going inside Hope gives you the opportunity to learn about the internal anatomy of humpback whales, from breathing to feeding as well as the impact of plastic pollution.

Are you interested in hosting a visit by Hope at your school or event? Based in Moray, we would be happy to arrange to bring Hope to your school or event where possible. We will also be making trips to other areas in Scotland, though please note, visits to your area may not occur regularly. Please get in touch to find out about any trips to your area and register your interest in a visit.

An indoor space is essential for hosting Hope. Minimum space requirements are 15m x 9m, plus an electricity supply.

Suitable sessions for all ages. We take small groups of up to 10 pupils inside the whale according to a pre agreed schedule with each school. We are happy to work with you on this, so you get the most out of the visit.

To enquire about a visit from Hope, please contact our Education coordinator Lorna Hall by emailing [email protected] or ringing our office on 01343 820339. Download our poster with more details.

We can also attend public events with Hope if a suitable indoor space is available – please send all enquiries to [email protected].

What do schools say about Hope?

Sunnyside School for Conservation:
‘We were delighted to have Hope come and visit our school.
Both Lorna and Abbie were amazing on both days, engaging, adapting, and working with a range of our pupils including some with special educational needs, our infants and right up to our senior pupils.
We have many visitors, but both ladies shone as knowing their facts, their audience and how to pitch and keep the children’s interest throughout their visit.’

Govan high school:
‘The pupils and staff all really enjoyed it, and it was a fantastic day – I have never seen quite so many people finding an excuse to come into the assembly hall for a look!
The worksheets were good for the young people and the actual experience itself was really interesting.
Thank you again for helping to bring to the school and giving our young people this experience.’


Thank you to the Sandhu family, in memory of Avtar, and Deloitte, for their support for this project.

Upcoming Events

Nature Champions

Date: 25-07-24
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: WDC's Scottish Dolphin Centre

Come and join us at the Scottish Dolphin Centre for a fun filled children’s holiday club aimed at 6 – 9 year olds.

Each session will have a range of games and activities with a different conservation or nature theme. Meet in the Scottish Dolphin Centre Education Room, or come to the shop and our staff will tell you where to go!

Please come dressed appropriately for the weather.

All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Each child needs their own tickets, which can purchased through Eventbrite, but adults don’t need to book.

For more information please ring 01343 820339.

Kids River Ramble

Date: 29-07-24
Time: 10:30 am - 11:15 am

Join us on a slower paced wildlife walk aimed at kids. Try and spot all the creatures on the activity sheet!

Every Monday in July from 10:30am to 11:15 am.

No need to book, just arrive 10 minutes before the start of the walk and pay at the shop till. £1 per child, adults go free! All children must be accompanied by an adult.

This activity is weather dependant and may not run if the weather is poor.

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Storytelling session of Gigantic

Date: 30-07-24
Time: 11:15 am
Join us for a free Storytelling Session of the amazing Gigantic! Followed by some colouring in.

Meet Gigantic, the smallest blue whale in the Atlantic. A swimmingly good story about little fins and big hearts from bestselling author and illustrator, Rob Biddulph.

No booking required, children must be accompanied by an adult.
11:15am start.


Event poster