DCP is proud to announce the latest issue of the Dolphin Gazette – DCP’s quarterly newsletter. Download the May 2009 issue as a PDF here. In an effort to reduce the consumption of paper, the Dolphin Gazette is now available exclusively in electronic (PDF) format. Be sure we have your current email address on file so you can continue to receive updates when issues are available! You can check out old/previous issues of the Gazette at this link.
As a result of frequent inquiries, DCP is pleased to announce the opportunity for students to participate in an abbreviated portion of our June 2009 Field Course in Cetacean Ecology at our Bimini, Bahamas field site. While there are still spaces available for the full-length course, we also have a handful of spaces available for the first section of this course.
Arrival 1 June 2009
Departure 5 June 2009
4 nights hotel accommodation
Transportation to/from airport/hotel in Bimini
3 meals/day (incl breakfast on departure day)
Half-day boat trips in search of wild dolphins (weather dependent)
Lectures & seminars (topics include dolphin biology, behavior, photo-identification)
Certificate of completion
Airfare to/from Bimini, Bahamas (airport code BIM)
$1,159 (Double occupancy)
$1,379 (Single occupancy)
Credit cards or PayPal accepted through PayPal
Contact us for info on availability!
The fine print:
If paying by US bank issued check or money order, receive a discount! Final cost of $1,119 (double) or $1,329 (single). Checks will only be accepted until 1 May 2009.
Remaining spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Don't delay!
You must be at least 18 years old to participate.
You must have insurance that will cover medical emergencies while abroad.
US citizens are required to travel with a valid passport. Others should check requirements for their country.
While you do not need previous experience or be currently enrolled in a university-level program, this is an intensive field course and full participation is expected.
Arranging for school credit, if desired, is the full responsibility of the participant.
The DCP website is back up and running after a spot of trouble. Seems some unsavory characters had hacked into our servers and were using it to host nasty malware or some such nonsense. A revitalized website is now up and running with some extra safety measures in place. Our apologies to anyone who may have been affected/infected. If you do spot anything amiss in the future, please contact DCP ASAP!
Here at DCP, we aren't the only ones talking about us! The island of Bimini and the dolphins there are highlighted in the Nov/Dec 2008 issue of Underwater Photography Magazine. More recently, Dr. Justin Gregg provided an interview for the Irish Veterinary Journal. You can read each piece by selecting the PDF links below. Enjoy!
DCP has uploaded a couple more videos to our YouTube channel, including an interview with Emie:
Eight year old Emie had a few questions about dolphin communication for a science project she was putting together, and contacted researchers at the Dolphin Communication Project (DCP) to see if they could help her find the answers. In this video, Emie asks her questions and receives a video response from Justin Gregg - research associate at DCP. Emie's questions were:
1. How do dolphins hear high pitched sounds?
2. Can dolphins communicate with humans? If yes, how?
3. Do you have recordings of dolphin vocalizations?
4. Can you understand the meaning of different dolphin noises, like clicks and whistles?
5. Can you teach a dolphin new 'words' in dolphin language?
6. Is it possible to teach a dolphin to speak a human language?
7. Is there anything else you'd like to share with us about dolphin communication?
Also, check out this video of a female dolphin off the coast of Mikura island performs a strange behavior - she hovers in the water for a few seconds making whistle sounds and releasing bubbles from her blowhole before slowly sinking in a vertical position.
Worried you missed the deposit deadline for our Field Course in Cetacean Ecology?
Worry no more! The remaining slots will be now be filled on a first come, first serve basis. For more details on this June 2009, 13 day/12 night, hands-on field course at our Bimini field site, click here.
DCP is now a registered charity with Squidoo, a site dedicated to getting your word out there, whatever that may be. On Squidoo, you can create a "lens" (Squidoo lingo for web page) about anything that interests you. Then through programs like Google ads and Amazon, the royalties that your lens generates can go to charity! If you are already a Squidoo guru, why not choose DCP as your charity? Or, if you're looking for a new outlet to share what's important to you, check out www.squidoo.com.
DCP is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for 1 internship position at our Connecticut, USA office. This internship will run from June - August. Applications are due 15 March 2009.
Click here for more details.
REMINDER: The application deadline for DCP's summer fieldwork internship is 15 February 2009. Applicants who are not selected can roll their application into the office internship applicant pool on 15 March.
Looking for an exciting, hands-on summer course? DCP is pleased to offer a
FIELD COURSE IN CETACEAN ECOLOGY
in Bimini, Bahamas. DCP has been studying Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins in this area since 2001.
Dates: June 1 – 12, 2009(Depart on June 13, 2009)
This is your chance for a hands-on research experience with wild dolphins in the clear, warm waters of the Bahamas! Come join us! There are only a few slots left!