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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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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!


Dolphin Connection Blog - July 2014
07-01-2014

On the 8th of last month we celebrated World Oceans Day, and in fact Dolphin Connection and other zoological facilities accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA) took it a step further and celebrated World Oceans Month! We took all of June and proclaimed #OurWorldOceans through social media. The goal of this campaign was to bring attention to the ocean environment and to all the animals who depend on it. Through Facebook and Twitter, thirty days of animal information, conservation tips, and calls to action were posted with the hashtags #OurWorldOceans  and #AMMPA.

While accredited zoos and aquariums have always been a cohesive team, working together for the welfare of our animals, this was the first time we’ve embarked on a unified campaign using social media as a global platform for animal advocacy. Look around your living room, public transportation, or even a restaurant; what do you see? Chances are that there are people of all ages, including teens and tweens, glued to their smart phones. And what are they doing there? Tweeting! Blogging! Facebooking! This is how our young people communicate and as part of that, it’s also how our young people will share their passions, their ideas, and their hopes for the future.  With the survival of our animals and their habitats in the hands of our youth, joining them where they hang out – on social media – is the best way to ensure that they have all the crucial information that they need as they get older and become our environmental decision makers.

With this in mind, the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums introduced MarineMammalMonday, TakeActionTuesday, AwarenessWednesday, CreatureFeatureThursday, FunFactFriday, SelfieSaturday, and ShareTheLoveSunday. Every day included inspiring photographs, useful weblinks, and scientific information about the marine species we love. The success of this campaign was so great that we’re not going to stop with the end of World Oceans Month. Keep your eyes open for more information coming from all your favorite marine mammal facilities at #AMMPA. As long as you want to learn, we want to teach!


 



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