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Eco-Tour Shopping Links Fixed

Kel in Bimini06Hi all,

For any of you who may have been looking to sign up for our last-minute-eco-tours, we apologize for the delays.  But, fear not, all shopping links are up & running.  So - hurry before your spot is gone!

 Click here to sign up for a week with DCP & the dolphins of Bimini!

 

More Eco-Tour News!

Many of you have already received word of the exciting, last-minute eco-tour opportunities here on Bimini.  Well, I wanted to give everyone a heads up on the latest availability.  We can now offer slots on 3 different upcoming weeks - 1 week includes meals, 2 weeks do not.  I'd love to see you down here - so check out the details!  Your participation & financial support help DCP continue its research & education programs!

Join DCP in Bimini!

Bimini Ecotour - 3 - 8 August 2008

Word has just reached DCP that there are 3 – that’s right, only three – slots available on an already arranged eco-tour package at our Bimini field site.  DCP has the opportunity to fill these remaining slots, which means we can now offer this exciting experience to our dedicated members.  Come work aloTinangside DCP Research Associate Kelly Melillo & assist with data collection as we study wild Atlantic spotted & bottlenose dolphins.
 

Interested?  Click here for all the fine print !  Perhaps we'll see YOU in Bimini!

DCP Store Fixed

We have recently updated the DCP store in order to fix some of the glitches that have made shopping a bit of a nightmare in the past. Now instead of having to first register for an Online Account and wait to receive an email with an activation link before being allowed back into the store to complete your purchase, customers can simply place their order without interruption - the whole process has been streamlined. If you've tried to purchase something from our store in the past (e.g., an adoption kit), and been thwarted by an invalid activation link or other glitches, we apologize for all the trouble! But as of today, all these glitches have been fixed and your shopping experience should be painless. We appreciate all of the support that we've received from all of our customers in the past - your support makes it possible for DCP to conduct our research and to provide free educational resources to the public. Thank you and keep shopping!

The DCP store can be found at this link .  

Pearl the Pink Dolphin

Pear the Pink Dolphin is a children's fairy tale written by Tony Guzzi and illustrated by Tom Guzzi of Guzzi Studios. Fifty copies of the book have been generously donated to the Dolphin Communication Project by Guzzi Studios, and all proceeds from the sale of Pearl the Pink Dolphin via the DCP website will benefit DCP - helping to fund our research and education programs. Order your copy of this delightful book today , and help support DCP!

Click here to order.

Pearl the Pink Dolphin

The story focuses on a young dolphin named Pearl who, unlike her friends and family, is born pink instead of gray. Pearl changes her looks to fit in, only to find she was liked for who she already was.

ISBN: 1-4134-7988-X (Picture Book) Pages: 30 Subject: Fiction / General Book Format: Square 8.5 x 8.5 Reading Level: 1 - 6 Age Level: 4 - 10

You can listen to an online audio version of Pear the Pink Dolphin at this link.  

iTunes Podcast
or via
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Kathleen's new book

A new book from Kathleen M. Dudzinski (director of the Dolphin Communication project) and Toni Frohoff from Yale University Press and available in October 2008. 

"Dolphin Mysteries: Unlocking the secrets of communication".

Our book is about dolphin-dolphin and dolphin-human communication and is written for a general audience. We present accurate facts about dolphins generally and about their communication and cognition with conservation as well. We illustrate our text with stories from our field experiences. Our book is six chapters and about 250 pages. The prose is illustrated beautifully with original sketches and photography.

You can pre-order the book at Amazon:

 

Cookie Cutter Shark Bite

We've uploaded a couple more short videos of dolphin behavior to our YouTube page. Here's one of them: a short clip of one of the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins from Mikura swimming by our camera, giving us a close-up view of a fresh, gruesome cookie cutter shark bite.

 

Cookie cutter sharks are nasty little guys that take round bites out of dolphins, whales and even submarines!

Cookie Cutter Shark

Moko the dolphin saves stranded whales

A news story broke today concerning Moko the dolphin - a lone sociable dolphin residing off the coast of New Zealand - who purportedly helped escort two beached pygmy sperm whales to open waters. Here is a BBC article about the incident. And here is a BBC article stemming from this news-story where  DCP researcher Justin Gregg is interviewed about inter-species communication.
Malcolm Smith
Here is an interview with Malcolm Smith - the man who witnessed the incident -  on CNN
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So did Moko really communicate with the whales and lead them to safety? It's hard to say. Dolphins and whales don't likely have a language that functions in the same way that we think of human language, so it's unlikely that Moko conveyed information like "hey you two, follow me out past this sandbar and I will lead you to open waters." Moko may have been able to communicate with them on some level however - it is likely that different species of cetaceans do share communication signals to some extent.  In fact, DCP Director Dr. Kathleen Dudzinski recently gave a presentation at the EAAM conference on Sunday, March 9th in Sweden concerning two species of dolphins (Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins) that seem to share common behaviors associated with flipper rubbing - a means of tactile communication common among many dolphin species.  Moko's communication with the pygmy sperm whales in this news story was not likely to have occurred on a complex, semantic-rich level, but if the account of the events in question is indeed true, then the whales did seem to respond to Moko on some level. There are many stories of dolphins coming to the aid of dolphins, humans and other animals that are in distress - helping to prop them up in the water, etc. Of course the whales may not have had the slightest idea what Moko was all about, but simply followed her as she swam out to sea by the sheer coincidence of her being there. With an anecdote like this, it is impossible to say what the cause of the behavior in question was. 

-Justin
Research Associate, Dolphin Communication Project

Learn more about dolphin communication and what scientists think about dolphin language at this link
Discuss the incident on the DCP Forum here
If you are a news outlet and would like to discuss this incident further, please contact DCP via our website .  

Summer 2008 Intern Program

DCP is pleased to once again be accepting summer internship applications.  If you have a strong interest in marine mammal research and education, this may be the internship for you!  Click here for more information.

Summer 2008 Bimini Ecotour

Bahamas DolphinsHave you always wanted to assist with DCP's research on a beautiful Bahamian island?  Well, now's your chance!  We are currently planning a summer ecotour to our Bimini field site.  Click for more details or to learn more about Bimini -  See you soon!

 

Contact Us

Write to us via snail-mail at:

Dolphin Communication Project
P.O. Box 7485
Port St. Lucie, FL, 34985
USA

Email us:

info {at} dcpmail {dot} org

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