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Gazette 16.2 - Manatee Madness!

The latest issue of The Dolphin Gazette is here! Get the lowdown on the University of New Brunswick Saint John's visit to Bimini. Dr. Rebecca Singer explains why dolphins seem to have a hard time with the object permanence test. Learn how you can join DCP at Anthony’s Key resort at Roatan, Honduras this coming January. And learn how Kelly Melillo-Sweeting temporarily retired her dolphin-watching binoculars to go chase manatees at Great Harbour Cay. Click here to download the second issue of 2012!  

2013 Eco-Tour Scheduled!

Who: You! Join DCP on a trip to Roatan led by Dr. Kathleen Dudzinski. Each trip accommodates up to 12 participants. *Please note: children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian - absolutely no exceptions!! Where: Anthony's Key Resort, Roatan, HondurasWhen: 5-12 January 2013 (Contact us for the most up-to-date information regarding space availability!)Cost: $1,765 per person per week (Returning DCP participants will receive a $75 discount on their trip fee.) For more details, including the full list of what's included, click here. A 25% deposit will be needed to hold your space on the trip. The payment schedule for the remainder will be determined. Recieve a ~3% discount if you pay by US check or money…

Gazette 16.1 - Shark Special

The latest issue of The Dolphin Gazette is here! This issue has a decidedly shark-like flavor to it, including a special column written by shark expert Stephen Turnbull. Sharks and dolphins are, of course, not usually the best of friends, and are not particularly closely related as far as taxonomy goes. But, you'd be surprised how easy it can be to confuse the two in the wild. Can you tell the difference between the shark and the dolphin dorsal fins in the below images? For answers as to which is which, check out page 10 of the Dolphin Gazette! Click here to download the first issue of 2012!  

DCP has a Google Plus Page

DCP now has a Google+ page! Check it out and add us to your circle if you're a Google+ user.

2012 Eco-Tour in Bimini, Bahamas!!

Join DCP in Bimini! The next Bimini Eco-Tour has been scheduled. We hope to see you there! Arrive Bimini: 21 May, 2012 Depart Bimini: 25 May, 2012Cost: $1,420 (single occupancy) This eco-tour program will run concurrently with the Bimini portion of DCP's Field Course in Animal Behavior (Ethological Studies: Marine & Terrestrial). Eco-tour participants will be invited to join as much or as little of the lectures and meals associated with the field course - and of course join the daily boat trips in search of wild dolphins! Check out the details by clicking here - and sign up today!

Now Accepting Summer Intern Applications!

Field Internship Summer 2012 When: June - August 2012Status: OpenApplication Deadline: February 8, 2012 DCP is now accepting applications for our summer field internship positions. Field internships, which include 3 - 4 weeks at our Bimini, Bahamas field site, also require 6 - 8 weeks of training and work at our Connecticut (CT), USA office. You can find more details about our program by clicking here. Note: All applicants must be 18 years of age. Although international applicants are invited to apply, all applicants should know that interns are responsible for their own daily transportation to/from the CT office and public transportation is not available in this area; therefore all interns have their own vehicles while in CT. All application…

Holiday Dolphin Adoption Special!

Adopt Tina for $35 for a full year and receive a copy of the children's book Pearl the Pink Dolphin. Pearl is a children's fairy tale written by Tony Guzzi and illustrated by Tom Guzzi of Guzzi Studios. 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. Click here for more details! Supplies of "Pearl the Pink Dolphin" are limited, so this offer is only good while supplies last. Order yours today!

Two Field Course Opportunities!!

DCP is pleased to offer two different university-level field courses in 2012. Which one is right for you? Ethological Studies – Marine & Terrestrial: Field dates: 20 – 31 May Remote learning dates: 1 – 11 JuneCost: $2,450 (does not include tuition or airfare to Fort Lauderdale, FL) This exciting field course, taught in conjunction with Georgetown College, will explore topics including operant conditioning, social behavior, learning, mirror recognition and more. Interactions with wild dolphins off Bimini, Bahamas as well as dolphins at Dolphin Encounters (Nassau, Bahamas) will provide opportunities for real-life observations and illustrations of course topics. For more information on this course, click here. ______________________________ Field Course in Cetacean EcologyField dates: 30 May – 11 JuneRemote learning dates:…

Gazette 15.4, For your reading pleasure!

After reading this issue of The Dolphin Gazette, you'll feel up to date on all of our research in The Bahamas - at Dolphin Encounters and off Bimini. You'll feel confident telling your co-workers about the SM2M, and you'll be telling every college student you know to sign up for our May field course. The list goes on, but it's probably better if you go ahead and read it yourself. Then forward it to all of your friends. Click here to download the final issue of 2011! 


It's official folks, ID#094 has a name: Noodle! "Noodle" is the independent offspring of White Blotch (#29) and was seen several times during this past summer. And now, you can be one of the first to adopt Noodle, just click here! Your adoption kit includes a personalized adoption kit, photos and biography of Noodle, DVD of Bimini dolphins, including Noodle, and much more. All for just $30! Noodle was named by DCP supporter (and Kel's dad), Dave Melillo.

Interview with DCP's 2011 summer interns

Ever wondered what it's like to be an intern with the Dolphin Communication Project? Brittany McIntosh, Alexis Levengood, and Sabena Siddiqui share their thoughts and experiences as DCP's 2011 summer interns. Each of them completed an office component at DCP's headquarters in Connecticut before joining Kelly Melillo-Sweeting, Bimini Field Research Manager, on the beautiful island of Bimini, the Bahamas. They speak about what got them inspired to pursue a career studying marine mammals, what it's like to swim with wild dolphins for the first time, and offer advice to young students dreaming of an internship as a dolphin researcher. {audio}{/audio}

DCP in Oslo Airport Magazine

DCP's Bimini Research Manager, Kel Melillo Sweeting, was quoted in the August/September 2011 issue of the Oslo Airport Magazine. This issue of the magazine, "the wet edition," includes a visit to Bimini and time spent with Bimini Undersea. You can access the magazine at or click here to download the PDF (28 MB). Then, head to page 26 to see Bimini's dolphins! And don't worry astronaut fans, Kel does like outer space!

Gazette Issue 15.3

The summer is flying by and you can find out what DCP's been up to in the summer issue of the Dolphin Gazette. Inside you can read about our next eco-tour to RIMS, upcoming university classes, the Bimini field season and a tribute to Umi. Umi was not only DCP's (terrestrial) mascot, but Kathleen & John's beloved canine. We hope you enjoy this issue. Click here to read the Dolphin Gazette!

Upcoming Talk: Dr. Kathleen Dudzinski

Kathleen will discuss her research, DCP and the film, DOLPHINS, at The Maritime Aquarium (Norwalk, CT) on 9 June 2011. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. with the film, DOLPHINS, immediately following. Tickets are available now: $15 (adults/$12.50 (children). Reserve your tickets today by calling 203.852.0700 or by visiting What to learn more about this great film? Click here.

Swim with Bimini’s dolphins: Tourist packages available

Several spaces have just become available for a dolphin swim package with Sea Crest Hotel & Marina in Bimini, The Bahamas. This last minute trip begins on 10 July 2011 and includes 5 nights’ accommodation, 5 boat trips in search of wild dolphins (weather dependent), all meals, boat snacks, drinking water and snorkel gear (if needed). DCP researchers will be present on all boat trips – so you’ll be able to sneak a bit of education into your vacation! And who knows, maybe you'll see Tina (pictured here!). Cost: $1695 double occupancy (single supplement available)Arrival: 10 July 2011Departure 15 July 2011Airport code: BIMQuestions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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