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Discover Dolphins

You will love this chance to touch, splash, swim and play with our dolphin family in our tropical lagoon. Discovering dolphins has never been so much fun - it's definitely a connection
that will last a lifetime!

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Dockside Dolphins

Interact with dolphins without leaving dry land but don’t be surprised if you get a little splashed! This is an ideal program for families with young children and for those that want to connect with our dolphins without entering the water.

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Trainer For A Day

This gratifying, memorable experience allows you to join the Dolphin Connection team and become an actual trainer for a day. Go behind the scenes at Dolphin Connection and participate in the daily activities of our training team.

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NEW Dolphin Trivia Challenge

Check out our newest trivia game.

Covering topics ranging from Florida Keys history and wildlife, to dolphins and dolphin training, this game is perfect for both beginner and advanced players!

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Learn About Dolphins

If you love dolphins like we love dolphins then you want to know as much about them as possible. Our website is full of fun and valuable information about dolphins.

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Ecosystem Explorer

Explore the Fabulous Florida Keys and learn all about the animals and plants that are a part of this important ecoystem.

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Like Us!

Visit Dolphin Connection on Facebook

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NEW Dolphin Anatomy Game

Have fun and learn all about a dolphin's anatomy in our exciting new Dolphin Anatomy Game! Test your knowledge by playing our Quick ID, Beginner, and Advanced games. 

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Dolphin SMART

Dolphin Connection is a Proud Supporter of the Dolphin SMART program

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Share Your Story

Dolphin Connection strives to Inspire Conservation. How are you making a positive impact on our planet? We can’t wait to hear your stories!

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Trip Advisor Award

Dolphin Connection is honored to be the recipient of Trip Advisor's 2014 Certificate of Excellence

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Drive Fisheries
09-22-2014

Many people are understandably concerned about the inhumane killing of dolphins that occurs during the Japanese drive fisheries. The Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums - and all of its member facilities including Dolphin Connection - shares that concern. The AMMPA is an organization that advocates for marine mammals and whose members inspire their guests to learn about and respect these animals, protect them in the wild, and conserve their ocean environments.

The Alliance and its members strongly condemn the Japanese drive fisheries. It is a centuries-old practice, but it is time for it to come to an end. Alliance members do not support, fund, or acquire animals from the Japanese drive fisheries. Not one animal in an Alliance member facility or interactive program is from Japan. Alliance policy strictly prohibits any zoological park and aquarium from joining the organization if the facility acquires animals from the Japanese drive fisheries.

The majority of the dolphins cared for by the Alliance members - more than 65% - were born in accredited facilities, thanks to tremendously successful breeding programs and the high quality of animal care provided by accredited members.

The Alliance has urged U.S. government and representative agencies to proactively work with the government of Japan to bring an end to this practice. If you share our concerns and want to help stop the slaughter of dolphins and whales in Japan, please write to the Prime Minister of Japan at www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/forms/comment.html and the Japanese Ambassador in Washington D.C., at jicc@ws.mofa.go.jp.

The Alliance and its members share your love and respect for these amazing animals. We dedicate our lives to caring for dolphins, whales, walrus,manatees, otters, seals, and sea lions every day. The Alliance encourages the public to partner with our members to increase public awareness on the many issues that threaten marine mammals and their ocean habitats.


Dolphin Connection Blog - September 2014
09-01-2014

Some of you loyal readers of the Dolphin Connection monthly blog may remember that last September we wrote about the critically endangered vaquita, a very small porpoise found in Mexico’s Gulf of California. At the time, populations were estimated to be in the low hundreds and dropping due to gill net fishing in the area. While the vaquita themselves are not the object of the fishery, they are frequently the unintended bycatch of an indiscriminate fishing practice.

Just recently, an updated study has come out estimating the vaquita population at less than 100. Most tragic is the fact that the reproductively mature females number less than 25, typically giving birth to one calf every other year. At this rate, the current population cannot withstand the mortality that they face. Although the local community has long depended on the fishermen to feed their families, there has recently been a very sharp rise in the use of gill net fishing. According to the article below, this rise is due to the illegal trade in China of a fish called the “totoaba” whose swim bladder is believed to have medicinal properties. One of the scientists involved in vaquita conservation in Mexico has reported that fishermen are being offered $8,500 per kilogram of totoaba by the Chinese black market; much more than they would ever make during a day of fishing to feed the community.

The good news is that other than fishing nets, there are very few threats to the vaquita. With increasing awareness about this dangerous fishing practice and the illegal trade of the totoaba to China, there may still be a chance for the vaquita.

We’re so very grateful for our healthy dolphins and the healthy status of wild Atlantic bottlenose dolphins who are not endangered. As the sun sets over another summer in the Florida Keys with the team at Dolphin Connection sharing the opportunity to swim with dolphins with so many of you here at Hawks Cay Resort, we encourage you to think about the animals who need our help, and to learn more about what you can do to increase the chances of their survival:

http://vaquita.tv/conservation/

http://worldwildlife.org/species/vaquita

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/mammals/cetaceans/vaquita.htm

 

 


Dolphin Connection Blog - August 2014
08-01-2014

The team here at Dolphin Connection is lucky enough to meet families every day that are raising children who care for and respect wildlife and wild lands. We know how important this is because in just a blink of an eye, these children will be the decision makers for our future. With this in mind, zoos and aquariums around the world have always focused a large percentage of their educational programs on the youth in their community. We know that this kind of programming needs to be fun, high energy, and current in order to keep our children engaged, but celebrities, video games, and social media will really seal the deal! A wonderfully successful example of just such a program is SeaWorld Kids Generation Nature. With Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late renowned environmentalist Steve Irwin, providing the celebrity hook, Generation Nature is a website that leads children through games, projects, and environmental challenges using every kid-friendly resource imaginable.

We love what they’re doing at SeaWorld and we encourage you to check it out!


 



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