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In July of this year, we told you about some very important research happening in Sarasota Bay on the west coast of Florida. The Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP), an organization which Dolphin Connection has supported and partnered with for years, has been conducting health assessment studies on the local bottlenose dolphins for over 40 years. The data emerging from this study provides us with the majority of what we know about wild dolphin anatomy, behavior, natural history, and health. Whether it’s with financial resources, supplies, or personnel, Dolphin Connection is dedicated to contributing all we can to this incredibly valuable study.
This year, the data from the past 40 years is especially valuable because it provides baseline information about animals living in a relatively healthy environment which can be compared to data from health assessments conducted in parts of the Gulf of Mexico impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill disaster. In 2011 and again in 2013, SDRP and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) conducted health assessments on dolphins in Barataria Bay and the Mississippi Sound, areas in the Gulf severely affected by the oil spill. Sample and data analyses for 2011 and 2013 are underway, but preliminary results show that many of the dolphins in the study are underweight, anemic, have low blood sugar and/or some symptoms of liver and lung disease. Nearly half also have abnormally low levels of the hormones that help with stress response, metabolism and immune function.
While these preliminary results are disturbing, there may be some good news in the form of inspiration: How does it make you feel when you hear about a manmade disaster threatening the lives of dolphins? Sad? Angry? Motivated? How about informed? Aware? Committed? With all of us living near the coast, or near waterways or drains that lead to the coast, we all impact the health of the oceans. What kind of an impact we make is up to us. Knowing how an oil spill may be affecting dolphins might be just the wakeup call we need to take action. Will it encourage a beach walker to bend down and pick up a plastic bag from the surf before it becomes a sea turtle’s lunch? Will it inspire a grocery shopper to purchase in bulk and use canvas bags to minimize the amount of plastic in their life? Will it inspire a busy family to take some time to go for a walk together and participate in a coastal cleanup?
With warm winter temperatures and beautiful sunsets, life at Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys can feel pretty idyllic. Surrounded by the protected waters of a National Marine Sanctuary, it is easy to swim with our dolphins and enjoy the tropical fish darting around our toes and forget that not so far away are habitats and animals who truly need our help. So in the spirit of the season, rather than letting the bad news defeat us, let’s use it as a reminder to enjoy all that we have and help those in need.
Happy November! One of our favorite months here at Dolphin Connection, filled with gratitude, good food, and beautiful temperatures. Migratory birds pass through on their annual trip south, cooler air brings less humidity, and the gorgeous sunsets come a little earlier in the day, but the most noticeable change for us will be the darkness that descends on the Florida Keys so quickly: November marks the end of Daylight Savings Time! Now, instead of having hours at the end of the day to appreciate the beautiful views from our islands, we find ourselves in darkness by supper time. Luckily for us, a flip of a light switch means we don’t miss any of the gorgeous sights at Hawks Cay Resort, so we can continue to enjoy our little slice of paradise. For dolphins, however, special adaptations are required to allow them to safely maneuver through a world in which they may not be able to see.
Bottlenose dolphins, and all toothed whales, have an adaptation called “echolocation”. This adaptation allows dolphins to use sound to see. By producing very special high-pitched clicks, and then using the fatty “melon” to focus these clicks at specific objects or across general locations, a dolphin can listen for the echoes created as the sound waves bounce back. These sound waves are altered depending on what kind of object they interacted with and so each returning sound is different and will produce a very specific and unique image in the dolphin’s brain. This image, much like an ultrasound image that you might receive at the doctor’s office, provides details as to the object’s shape, density, and movement. Even a fish buried under the sand is not safe from a hunting dolphin who uses his echolocation! The dolphin’s brain, which is dedicated in large part to the interpretation of sound, can identify these altered waves as having bounced off of a fish, a rock, another dolphin, etc. Pretty useful when you’re a predator who needs to find food, and even occasionally a prey animal who needs to avoid sharks!
When the sun is shining and the water is clear – which is true almost all of the time in the Florida Keys – dolphins rely most heavily on their eyesight. But in dark or murky conditions, this ability to use echolocation is as useful as our ability to turn on the lights when the sun goes down. So, as winter descends on the Florida Keys and our precious sunshine becomes a little more limited, it’s good to know that all of us have successful ways of surviving. We look forward to seeing you here as you celebrate the holidays by swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Connection!
October is here and for those of us living in the Florida Keys, we look forward to celebrating fall holidays like Halloween with jack-o-lanterns, costumes and – of course – plenty of sweet treats! For you and me, that probably means chocolate, but what about the dolphins? If a dolphin were to go Trick-or-Treating, what would they want?
If we want to give the dolphins at Dolphin Connection a treat to eat, we might offer them ice cubes or unsweetened and unflavored gelatin! While not providing any important nutrients other than additional water, these items are just a great way to have fun with the dolphins in a way that they really seem to enjoy! Alternatively, we can give the dolphins a special treat that is not edible. This might be like you receiving something besides candy when you’re Trick-or-Treating. Maybe it’s a toy or a game or even just a warm and friendly greeting when you knock on the door. Believe it or not, all of these would be wonderful treats for our dolphins as well. A fun game of catch with a dolphin-safe ball, a rub-down with a loofah or a sponge, or even a water fight (which the dolphins are always sure to win!) are all just as much fun to the dolphins as the ice cubes or the gelatin treats are.
Even more than treats or toys, we all know there is something else that dolphins love the most: Fish! Here at Dolphin Connection, our dolphins eat capelin and herring: up to 45 pounds each per day! Fish provides the dolphins with everything that they need in the way of protein, fats, carbohydrates, calories, and even hydration! Think of this as equivalent to a healthy menu of fruits, vegetables and protein for you. Not only is fish the perfect food for a dolphin, but our dolphins are fed only the very best of this perfect food. Every morning we sort through hundreds of pounds of fish, making sure to pull any out that don’t meet our standards. A scratch, a scrape, or a cut on the fish? Throw it out. Our dolphins get only the best, restaurant quality fish every day.
So, if a dolphin comes trick-or-treating to your door, now you know what they might like. Give them a fish and that’s like you receiving an apple in your bag – delicious and nutritious! Give them an ice cube and that’s like you receiving a candy bar – a special treat that’s completely separate from your daily meals. Throw a ball or offer a rub down and that’s like you receiving a warm greeting or a fun game – a chance to interact with folks you care about in a way that’s enjoyable and special.
Next time you’re here at Hawks Cay Resort enjoying a sunset, come on over and watch our trainers and guests as they swim with the dolphins. Of course you’ll see them providing lots and lots of fish, but if you pay close attention you’ll see treats, rubs, toys and affection being given out just as freely. October really is a wonderful month, and not just for the little ghouls and goblins in your neighborhood!
Here at Dolphin Connection we dedicate our lives to the care of bottlenose dolphins. This is, after all, our local species of dolphin which can be found around the Florida Keys and in fact all around the entire state of Florida! We are lucky because this animal that has captured our heart is not an endangered species. Every night we can rest our minds knowing that our dolphins and their counterparts in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico are healthy and thriving. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for other species of cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) worldwide.
In the Gulf of California, the very small body of water separating Baja California from the Mexican mainland, lives a species of porpoise called the vaquita. The vaquita, Phocoena sinus, is among the rarest of all mammals with population estimates in the low hundreds. Listed as “Critically Endangered” by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) since 1996, the population has continued to decrease due primarily to pressures from the commercial fishing industry. While not itself a hunted species, vaquita fall victim to accidental entanglement in fishing gear (bycatch). With the current loss of animals to bycatch exceeding the species’ birth rate, the future is grim for this tiny porpoise, but there is hope.
The Mexican government has committed to vaquita conservation measures and has reached out to international partners for assistance. This assistance can be provided in a variety of ways. First, a public awareness program is essential. Bringing the attention of the masses to the situation will be a crucial step in recruiting resources, and where can you find millions of animal-loving, dedicated people? Zoos and aquariums of course! Additionally, alternative fishing strategies are needed for the local population who depend on the commercial fishery around the Gulf of California for their own survival. Technology that can maintain – or improve – the fishermen’s success while protecting the vaquita from entanglement will benefit everyone.
So today, from our beautiful home in the Florida Keys as we swim with dolphins and admire the sunsets at Hawks Cay Resort, we begin Step 1: Public Awareness. Reaching out to all our fellow dolphin lovers and making sure that you are all aware that cetaceans need our help and knowing that if anyone is dedicated to this cause, it is you. Next we will tackle Step 2: Recruiting Resources. Dolphin Connection, in partnership with the other members of the Bottlenose Dolphin Breeding Consortium, is looking at ways we can help the vaquita. Through research, financial donations, staff knowledge and supplies, those of us who have already devoted our lives to the health and well-being of animals hope to provide everything we possibly can to bring the vaquita back from the brink.
If you would like to learn more about the endangered vaquita, please visit these websites for information:
Ahhh, the dog days of summer. Chances are that no matter where you’re reading this from, it’s hot! Hopefully you can cool off with a refreshing swim, but don’t forget your goggles, your fins and your snorkel. The truth is that humans aren’t all that well adapted for life in the water and all that gear we have to bring with us when it’s time for a dip is proof of that. There are some air-breathing mammals, however, whose bodies come equipped with all of these supplies “built in”. Dolphins have lubricating tears which protect their eyes from the salt water like your goggles do for you. They also have powerful tail flukes which propel them through the water in much the same way that your dive fins assist with your swim stroke. And, while you use a snorkel to allow you to efficiently take a breath of air without needing to raise your whole head from the water, dolphins have a blowhole conveniently located at the top of their head which can open and close as needed.
For dolphins, the adaptations they have for life in the water are more than just skin-deep. Their internal anatomy is also specially designed for keeping them safe in a world where they cannot breathe. Think for a moment of how challenging it must be to breathe air but live in a world full of water. Now imagine trying to hunt and play and explore in your world without accidently inhaling water. With anatomy like ours, that would be next to impossible. For dolphins, this is their reality and their body is perfectly designed for just such a challenge. Unlike many animals, a dolphin’s mouth does not connect to its lungs. Because of this, an open mouth under water cannot lead to choking or drowning like it could for us. This, of course, also means that a dolphin cannot breathe through his mouth. Luckily, the blowhole on the top of the dolphin’s head serves this purpose perfectly. Not only does its location allow for efficient breathing without slowing down, it also can be opened at closed at will so that the dolphin can be sure it’s sealed shut when under water and can open it to take a breath when at the surface. Much different from you, dolphins are conscious breathers meaning that they think about and control every breath they take. It might seem like a lot of work, but it is just one of the many amazing adaptations that dolphins have that allow them to live in a world that we can only visit.
Whether you’re planning a visit to Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys, or just dreaming of swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Connection as summer comes to a close, we hope that your appreciation of these amazing animals has grown even more now that you know what a successful life they live in such a challenging environment.
We are the lucky ones: Not only do we get to spend our days swimming with dolphins, but we get to do it here on our island paradise. There’s not much that would make us want to leave the beautiful Florida Keys…not much except the chance to participate in amazing conservation research that can help us to better understand and protect wild dolphins everywhere.
One of the ways in which the entire Dolphin Connection team participates in global conservation is by joining with the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program in their annual wildbottlenose dolphin health assessment projects. These projects, which began in the 1980s, provide scientists and veterinarians with information about the health of wild dolphin populations as well as environmental contaminants, life history, population structure and ecology. Understanding the overall health of these animals, including causes of disease and effects of pollutants, allows us to establish baselines to monitor the health of the oceans.
Every year, a team of experts, includingscientists, researchers, veterinariansand animal care professionals, performhealth assessments on the local population of dolphins living in Sarasota Bay. With the permission of the US government, samplesare collected, measurements are taken and identification is made. In this way, information is gained about both the individual animals who may be seen year after year in these studies, and also about the population, and even the species, as a whole. Sarasota Bay is the only place where generation after generation of dolphins hasbeen studied. As such, the research happening here is some of the most important in existence and it provides some of the most useful and reliable data about bottlenose dolphins in the wild.
Dolphin Connection makes valuable contributions to the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, including annual donations of both our time and our resources. Besides financial support, each year our animal care staff eagerly anticipates participation in the health assessment studies, which provide a wonderful opportunity to learn about and assist with the all-important research happening there.This year the study carried some extra importance because the results, under a federal research permit, will be used for establishing the parameters of a healthy population (Sarasota Bay) so that they may be compared when a similar study is completed in the Gulf of Mexico near the site of the 2010 Deep Water Horizon oil spill. As part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) and with support from the Georgia Aquarium, Dolphin Quest, and Dolphin Connection, animals in areas of the Gulf affected by the oil spill will undergo standard assessments, sample collection, and remote tracking via satellite to begin evaluation of their health and behavior. Compared with the baseline data from Sarasota Bay, we will better understand exactly how dolphins, and all animals, are impacted by environmental disasters.
Beyond the obvious importance of this study to our planet, the Dolphin Connection team’s participation is also valuable to us as a company and as individuals. We gain skills, inspiration and a greater understanding of bottlenose dolphins beyond our own population. Information learned about conservation issues, cutting edge research and the fight for the survival of our seas inevitably makes its way into our educational messaging and to our guests. So as you plan your visit to Dolphin Connection at Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys, know that more than just swimming with dolphins, sunsets and sand between your toes, you are joining a community that reaches past our island’s borders and into the greater world of marine conservation. If you would like to contribute to the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program’s all-important work, please visit their website to find out all the ways in which you can help.
For those of you who follow us on Facebook, the news of the mass stranding of California sea lion pups on the California coast isn’t new. You’ve been receiving our updates about the situation as well as our pleas for donations to help support the animal care personnel and supplies needed.
Since the beginning of 2013, over 1,300 young, malnourished, underweight California sea lions have stranded between Santa Barbara and San Diego, along the southern California coast. Too weak and thin to forage for themselves, these animals are being brought to marine mammal stranding centers in Los Angeles County and Orange County. Rehabilitation typically takes 8 weeks before the animals are strong enough and healthy enough to be released back to the wild to try their hand at hunting for themselves. Four months into 2013, these stranding centers have already seen more animals than they did in all of 2012!
The National Marine Mammal Foundation (NMMF) has been working closely with the National Marine Fisheries Service as well as the independent stranding centers in an effort to coordinate the financial and personnel assistance necessary for responding to this stranding event. A long-time supporter of NMMF and their research, Dolphin Connection is currently providing support for their research on the effects of the 2010 oil spill disaster on the wild dolphin population in the Gulf of Mexico. From the beginning, proceeds from sales at Dolphin Connection have gone to research benefitting wild dolphins, as well as to the care of our own dolphins here in the Florida Keys. But it doesn’t end there. We have sent in our donation to the NMMF, earmarked for the care of these stranded sea lion pups, and we encourage you to do the same. According to Cynthia Smith, Executive Director for the National Marine Mammal Foundation, “Not only are we working to help save these stranded pups, NMMF scientists are also working to uncover the reasons behind this marine mammal emergency. Donations in any amount from our supporters and friends are so important right now. This is one of those moments when people can make a real difference.”
The work being accomplished by the NMMF is bigger than just responding to these sea lions pups immediately in need. “Sea lions are a sentinel species and these strandings are likely a symptom of an unhealthy ocean.” The NMMF is currently working to discover the cause of these strandings: Why aren’t these animals able to feed themselves, and how can we help? As news, updates and discoveries come in, we will continue to keep you posted. In the meantime, we encourage you to click on the links above to find out more about what you can do to help these struggling sea lion pups. All of us and our beautiful dolphin family in the sunny Florida Keys say “Thank You!”
In the meantime, we hope to see you down here at Hawks Cay for some sunshine, sunsets, relaxation, and of course swimming with dolphins.
Here at Dolphin Connection people tell us that we have the best jobs in the world. We couldn’t agree more. We get to make a difference to people, animals and the planet every single day. Believe it or not, sometimes we want to do even more. Dolphin trainers have big hearts, as is evident in the dedicated care they provide to the animals, and these big hearts make a big difference in our little Florida Keys community.
One member of training team is a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys. She says that after moving to the Florida Keys, she quickly learned that there was more to island life than coral reefs and dolphins. “I wanted to find a way to become more involved in our small town. As a dolphin trainer, you give everything to the animals you love. We give them top-of-the-line healthcare, we make sure their food is perfect, and we do constant maintenance on their home. Giving the same to people in my own community is just as important. Everyone deserves to have a home as nice as our dolphins have!” The parallels between our work with dolphins and our volunteer experience in the community continue: “At work we dedicate hours of our day to cleaning, preparing fish, and maintaining a healthy habitat for our dolphins. The reward for our hard work is indescribable - energetic, healthy animals that we introduce to our guests every day. As a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, we dedicate ourselves to fundraising, board meetings and land clearing and in return we get to watch a family accept the keys to their new house!”
Clearly, the motivation to provide a healthy and happy home for an animal is not all that different from the motivation to do the same for a family. What other job skills do dolphin trainers have that can benefit our local island community? One of our dolphin trainers volunteers as a soccer coach for a youth league. She says that coaching children has many similarities to training dolphins. “Dolphins and kids both have a lot of energy and they both respond best to positive reinforcement! As a trainer at Dolphin Connection, it's in our blood to give our all in everything we do. At the end of the work day, we don’t just turn that feeling off. I'm grateful that I've found such rewarding ways to give back to my town, both personally and professionally.”
While none of the members of Dolphin Connection team are originally from the Florida Keys, we have all made it our home. So much more than just beautiful sunsets and swimming with dolphins, our small island chain is a close-knit community and we eagerly invite you to visit us here at Hawks Cay Resort for some well-deserved relaxation. See you soon!
For all the reasons that people love the Florida Keys – beautiful sunsets, sand between their toes, swimming with dolphins – one amazing aspect of the Keys is frequently overlooked. Did you know that the Florida Keys are home to the only living barrier reef in the mainland United States? Not only does this reef make an amazing home to beautiful marine life, it also provides residents and visitors to the Keys a unique opportunity to have a direct impact – for better or for worse – on one of the most diverse and rich ecosystems on Earth. Here at Dolphin Connection we strive to teach our guests about how to gently enjoy our barrier reef and maybe even leaving it better than they found it.
Several coral reef conservation groups in the area provide volunteer opportunities for anyone who would like to participate in long- or short-term reef research projects. Visiting the Keys for a weekend? For the summer? Forever? There are many ways that you can ensure that you have a positive impact on this precious island chain.
The Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) has volunteer opportunities for divers to help with fish identification and population estimates. This ongoing project allows us to better understand the diversity and the health of some of the residents of our coral reef environment. Currently, one threat to our native species is the presence of an invasive species called a Lionfish. This voracious fish is not native to the Florida Keys but is now competing heavily with, and even preying on, our local fish species. The effects of the Lionfish on the distribution and population of native species is another conservation project that volunteers can assist with through REEF. Information about this organization, as well as the programs they’re involved with and all the ways in which you can help, can be found at www.reef.org.
The Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) is dedicated to creating offshore nurseries and restoration programs for threatened coral species. They have created an underwater coral nursery which they tend to and protect. With so many coral reefs, including our own in the Florida Keys, being threatened, this nursery may be crucial to their long term survival. CRF is always looking for volunteer divers who can help with the care of this beautiful nursery. If diving isn’t your area of interest, you can assist with education presentations at the CRF Education Center in Key Largo.
Here at Dolphin Connection, not only do we teach about coral reef conservation, we are also active participants. Members of our team volunteer on their own time with both REEF and CRF. As one Dolphin Connection trainer said, “I take so much pleasure from the ocean. It’s time I gave back.” How do you take care of our planet and our oceans? We’d love to hear all the wonderful conservation behaviors you’re already engaged in or intend to begin. Visit our website at dolphinconnection.com/share_your_experience. Meanwhile, as you plan your visit to the Keys in the coming months, why don’t you look into all the wonderful ways you can tread a little lighter and leave the Keys a little healthier? Thank you for loving our home as much as we do.
Spring is finally here! As we look forward to welcoming all the spring breakers ready to soak up some glorious sunshine at Hawks Cay Resort, we’d like to share some wonderful news. Here at Dolphin Connection, we received the most amazing Valentine’s Day gift we could ever imagine: a new dolphin to join our family.
On February 14, a specially chartered airplane brought a very special 8-year-old, along with a specially trained crew of animal care and veterinary experts. This little dolphin came to us from our partners at the Brookfield Zoo just outside of Chicago, Illinois. With his body supported in salt water and protected in a padded and lined, custom-made stretcher, he made his way safely and easily to the Florida Keys. And there’s a secret that makes him extra special to us – our Dolphin Connection team is very close to his mother and father because they were both born and raised right here in our lagoon, and now live with some of our breeding partners. So you might say this little boy is our grandbaby, and we couldn’t be prouder!
Prior to his arrival, members of the Dolphin Connection team visited him in Chicago to learn everything they could about him. What’s his favorite toy? How does he like his fish prepared? What behaviors does he know? Then, upon his arrival here in the Florida Keys, members of the Brookfield Zoo team stayed with us to help with his transition. Everyone involved wanted to be sure that this little dolphin was as comfortable as he could possibly be.
Now we all know what brought us to Florida: sunsets, beaches and warm weather, but why did this little guy move fifteen hundred miles to Florida? Because he needed a buddy and we have the perfect friend for him! Because we know that a pair-bond between two male dolphins is one of the closest relationships found in the dolphin social structure, usually lasting a lifetime, we make every effort to pair bond our young males. Providing an appropriate social group for both of these young dolphins is something that we were honored to do!
So, as the temperatures warm up and Spring Break approaches, we hope to see you here. Come to Hawks Cay, enjoy a sunset, bury your toes in the sand, and come and meet the newest member of the Dolphin Connection family!
Here at Dolphin Connection, we’re blessed with clear blue water and seas that are protected as part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. As part of our mission to connect our guests to dolphins and the ocean habitat they call home, we have the opportunity to speak with visitors who care about the water and all its inhabitants on a daily basis. Nonetheless, even here in paradise we see signs of debris in our oceans. Fishing line, plastic bags, disposable bottles: all items that could be safely disposed of, should be recycled, or - best of all – reused, are commonly seen littering our bays, rivers, estuaries and ocean.
One of the biggest threats currently facing our oceans and our ocean animals is plastic. As a waste product that never decomposes in our land and in our seas, this plastic is contaminating our soil, our water and our wildlife. Plastic trash that is not recycled often ends up in our waterways. From there it breaks down into tiny pieces that become islands of trash in the seas, some as large as the state of Texas! Even more dangerous, these pieces of plastic can be eaten by, or tangled around, our wildlife. Sea birds, sea turtles, whales and dolphins are especially at risk from plastic marine debris. The good news is that this is an easy problem to fix! By sipping our water out of reusable cups, glasses and water bottles, we will greatly decrease the amount of plastic pollution harming our planet. By recycling fishing line, we are helping to protect our sea life from entanglement. By bringing our own cloth bags to the grocery store rather than using their plastic bags, we are reducing the chance that a bag might end up in the ocean to be ingested by a hungry sea turtle who mistakes it for a jelly fish. Any time we can reduce the amount of plastic we use, reuse the plastics we already have, and recycle the plastic we no longer need, we are committing to a making a positive difference. By choosing one – or more! – of these actions that you can commit to, you are making a decision to take care of our seas.
As with many things, it is the individuals who truly have an impact and can initiate change. While you alone may not feel like your actions make a difference, you are one of many people and all of us together are incredibly powerful. One way that we use our power is through our purchases. Supporting environmentally conscious companies is a clear way to have an influence. One particular company that Dolphin Connection believes in is Method brand dish soap. They not only use recycled and recyclable plastic when making their soap bottles, they are even using the plastic debris recovered from the oceans in the processing of their bottles (http://methodhome.com/ocean-plastic/). Companies like Method that truly walk the walk give us reason to believe that healthy oceans are a very real part of our future.
Whether you’re reading this blog from a landlocked state, a dry desert or even another country, you do impact the health of our oceans. All water ends up in the seas, and all soil runoff ends up in the water, so even if you’re only dreaming of the turquoise paradise of the Florida Keys, you still do make a difference. And for those of you who are here with us on Duck Key at Hawks Cay Resort, you are on vacation on an island! Look around, you have 360 degrees of opportunity to be inspired by, and care for, the ocean. Weeks, months or years from now, when this vacation is but a happy memory, we hope that you will continue to be inspired to do wonderful things for the oceans and the animals who depend on it.
Happy New Year everyone. Here at Dolphin Connection, we certainly hope your holiday celebrations included beautiful sunsets, saltwater waves and of course swimming with dolphins. If not, maybe it’s a good resolution to make for yourself in 2013: The promise to spend more time enjoying nature’s beauty. Along with a love and appreciation for our planet comes an obligation to take care of it, and now that the season of celebrations is over, we thought we might share some ideas with you for doing just that. In fact, the two are not mutually exclusive: How about a party for the planet?!