At Dolphin Discovery Riviera Maya, we enjoy the company of dozens of children from different schools of the community; every Thursday, they visit us at the facilities of the Dolphinarium in Puerto Aventuras. During these visits, children observe dolphins, learn about their habitat and become aware about the care of their environment.
Before each visit, the trainer-guide will visit the Children´s School to give them a talk about the dolphins, sea lions and manatees. In those talks, children learn about our Animal Breeding Program “Miracle”; and explains them that our team of veterinarians, biologists and coaches are fully dedicated to the animals in their charge and are experts in the field of reproductive science in marine mammals.
After the talk, children come to the Dolphinarium with the company of their teacher and they are guided by the coach in charge who will provide all the information they need and will clarify all their doubts to raise preservation awareness and care towards marine species.
On this occasion, the distinguished visitors were the children of Puerto Aventuras College, who enjoyed seeing dancing the dolphins: Lizzy, Regina and Audry, Popeye, and a Californian sea lion born at Dolphin Discovery facilities in the Riviera Maya.
Dolphin Discovery is the place to interact with marine mammals, enjoy some sunshine in paradise and live a unique vacation experience. But we are really so much more than that. Dolphin Discovery constantly strives to educate and raise consciousness of the importance of the conservation and preservation of the ecology of the planet and all its animal inhabitants. One of our favourite things to do is visit the local communities to invite the children to learn about marine mammals, the environment and how they can contribute to conservation. We learn as much from these incredible kids as they do from us, their smiles and laughter light up our day!
This month Dolphin Discovery Cozumel was thrilled to spend some time with the kids from the local primary school “Vicente Guerrero”, teaching these youngsters all about dolphins. Our educators first paid a visit to the school, sharing a fun and educational presentation with two different groups of students. We then invited the classes to visit our facilities where they were given a “behind the scenes” tour to see how everything works, from selecting the fish for the dolphin diet to enjoying the sea lion show and meeting the manatees. We would like to thank the teachers and students for sharing the experience with us, we look forward to meeting you again!
From the moment we arrived at Marina Aquatours in Cancun for our day of adventure at Dolphin Discovery Isla Mujeres, my guys were simply quite giddy. Full of energy and bouncing around the docks, pointing out fishies and eager to board the ferry. I was pretty excited myself, swimming with dolphins with my beau the first-timer and sharing the swim adventure with my now “big boy” son. My job has given me the good fortune to swim with dolphins many times, but it never loses the thrill and it’s always a joy to watch the faces of those meeting dolphin friends for the first time.
The ferry ride through the lagoon was spent teaching my son about conservation of the mangroves and enjoying a light breakfast and lots of coffee. I could feel the sense of excitement from the tourists, listening to the buzz of their conversations in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian, a very international group of visitors all about to live a dream. When the ferry went under the bridge and past the pirate ships, there was a collective gasp as we entered the crystal turquoise-coloured waters that still take my breath away even after almost a decade of living in Cancun.
We arrived on Isla Mujeres and there they were, the gorgeous dolphins greeting guests with high-flying leaps and casual swim-bys. For once I wasn’t looking at them, I was watching the face of my guy as he saw them for the very first time. Eyes wide, jaw dropped, a look of pure awe, his adult face lit up like a kid at Christmas. My son was leaping almost as high as the dolphins, this was not his first time at Dolphin Discovery and he considers himself an expert, but it sure didn’t curb his excitement.
We got our lockers, donned our life-jackets, listened attentively to the orientation and then it was time for the main event. We walked past the funny sea lions, alongside the manatee area, waved to the newborn dolphin and her mama Olimpia and on to our spot on the dock. Our fabulously friendly and knowledgeable trainer introduced us to our dolphins, handsome Jupiter and the beautiful Madonna who was 5 months pregnant! We said hello, stroked their smooth skin as they swam by, danced with them, played a little ball and shared a fishy kiss. For my beau who was doing this first for the first time, it was a phenomenal occasion, his face lit up, eyes aglow and a gigantic smile on his face. My son was giggling, speaking to the dolphins in baby-talk and asking a million questions to the trainer.
Then came the adrenaline, the big moves, the ACTION! My little guy had done the dolphin encounter many times, but he was finally ready to do the “big kid” swim adventure with the belly ride and the boogie push. We helped him swim out, gave him clear instructions on what to do and then watched him fly through the water on the boogie board being propelled by the dolphins, smile so wide he could have swallowed half the ocean! The guests in our group laughed and applauded for him, such a little guy and such a big adventure. My beau was simply over the moon, watching him do the belly ride was my favourite moment of the day, flying through the water and laughing all the way.
We said our goodbyes to Jupiter and Madonna (wishing her well with her upcoming baby) and made our way out of the water. It was a spectacular day for all of us, my beau lived a dream, my son became a “big kid” and I had the joy of sharing my love for dolphins with them both.
It’s that time of the year again, the season to join with family and friends and celebrate the holidays, think about what we did on the past year and look forward to what the new year will bring to us. 2010 was a busy year for Dolphin Discovery, new adventures, new friends and a whole lot of smiling faces. Let’s have a look at some of the highlights of 2010…
Cozumel Welcomes Sea Lions!
Dolphin Discovery Cozumel was thrilled to welcome sea lions into the family this year, with their feisty characters and silly antics, the sea lion program is a delightful addition to Chankanaab Park. Pingo and Karla makes us laugh every day, and little baby Taco has a huge personality!
Miss Caribbean World Pageant Tortola
Dolphin Discovery Tortola is a truly beautiful place, but the participants in the Miss Caribbean World Pageant made it gorgeous! These lovely ladies from all over the Caribbean took time out of their busy schedule to join us for a swim with dolphins in Tortola, we thank them for their visit and offer congratulations once again to winner Marcia Baptiste from Dominica!
“Por la Libre” Open Water Race
Dolphin Discovery was pleased to be a sponsor of the 10 km open water swim race from Cancun to Isla Mujeres. More than 500 international athletes hit the water in Cancun and made the ocean crossing to the finish line at Garrafon Park. Seventeen year old Fernando Betanzos finished first, with an incredible time of 1 hour and 33 minutes! Televisa Verde made this event extra special by donating 6000 mangrove plants to revitalize the Nichupte Lagoon.
Manatee Madness in Riviera Maya
Our little family of manatees in Puerto Aventuras had a fantastic 2010. In June we had a big first birthday celebration for our rescued manatee “Robert”, with a fruit and vegetable birthday cake and a visit from local school children. In September we welcomed the newest member of the manatee family as Julieta gave birth to a bouncing baby boy, another success for our reproduction program!
Merlin the iPad Dolphin
One of the biggest news stories of the year was the release of the iPad and our smart-as-a-whip dolphin Merlin was one of the first to give the tablet a whirl and make his own headlines. Researchers from “Speak Dolphin” introduced the touch-screen device to Merlin in an effort to bridge communications with our dolphin friends and learn more about these incredible creatures. The fame has not gone to Merlin’s head, he is as down to earth (down to sea?) as he has always been, a vital part of our Riviera Maya crew.
“Dive with Dolphins Cozumel”
Dolphin Discovery Cozumel introduced a unique new program this year, “Dive with Dolphins” invites our guests to join dolphins under the sea and discover a whole new way to play. Chankanaab Park and Cozumel are paradise to scuba divers all over the world, what better way to explore the underwater home of the dolphins? This was one of my personal highlights of the year, donning the mask and tank and playing with Titan near the ocean floor was a truly phenomenal experience.
Cruisers Delight, Dolphin Discovery Costa Maya
November 2010 we celebrated the grand opening of our newest dolphinarium in the cruise ship port of Costa Maya near the town of Mahahual. Located about 400 kms south of Cancun, Costa Maya is a HOT destination for cruise ships! Dolphin Discovery is excited about our new venture and we look forward to welcoming new friends from the cruising community in 2011 and the years to come.
This is just a taste of some of the great experiences we’ve had at Dolphin Discovery this year, I could write all day about new births and visiting celebrities and the numerous charity and community events that we were honored to be a part of. I would like to thank every member of the Dolphin Discovery team for all their hard work and smiles, let’s do it again next year!
To all of you, our guests, we thank you for making 2010 a special year and we wish you a happy and safe holiday season and a new year full of love, life, happiness and success. Dolphin hugs and kisses to everyone, see you in 2011!
If you’re reading this post it’s surely because we have something in common; we love dolphins! Today we’re giving you some fun and interesting facts about dolphins that will leave you astounded!
Dolphins are marine mammals. When a baby dolphin, better known as calves just like baby cows, are born they begin swimming from the first second. Dolphins also get nursed by their mom just like humans, this nursing lasts until the calves are about eighteen months old.
We have two different ways to identify the approximate age of a dolphin, the first one is that normally when baby calves are born they have a charcoal grey color but with the passing of time they miss the dark color and get a lighter grey tone. The second one has a similitude with trees, you can tell a dolphins age just by counting the rings in their teeth, just like the rings in the trunk of the tree.
We all know that all living beings have to be hydrated at all times and they normally get this liquid by drinking water, but an interesting thing is that dolphins don’t get this water from the ocean, they hydrate themselves from the fish they eat daily. Normally all species would use their teeth to catch and chew their food, but dolphins are the exception to this, they have between eighty to one hundred teeth that they use only for catching their fish but instead of chewing them they swallow them whole.
This is not all, there are other facts about dolphins! Their sleeping habit is also quite different from other species, to be able to breathe while they take a rest, dolphins will shut down only one hemisphere of its brain, and close the opposite eye (the right eye will be closed when the left half of the brain sleeps and the other way around). Meanwhile the other half of the brain that is awake will monitor what’s happening in the environment and controls the breathing.
Dolphins usually live together in big crowds called pods, and they communicate between them by clicking, grunts and whistles. They identify each member of this pod because of their signature whistle, each dolphin has his own whistle (kind of like their name) so that way they can differentiate between other dolphins.
We love to teach our blog readers this facts about dolphins, teach them about marine life, the thing we love the most. So, if you have any questions about dolphins or another subject let us know and will be very happy to help you out. Leave your comments below and we would get back to you as soon as we can and hope you can join us by swimming with the dolphins and live a once in a lifetime experience.
Hi everybody, my name is Sam and I am 5 years old, I am in kindergarten and I love swimming and boats and all the things in the ocean. The other day my mommy and daddy and me had a really great day, they took me to swim with dolphins! It was really cool, first we got to ride on a big boat, I looked for pirates but didn’t see any, maybe next time. When we got off the boat, I saw a whole bunch of dolphins, jumping in the air and waving to me and saying hi, I wanted to jump in the water with them but mommy and daddy told me I had to wait.
Dolphins Saying Hello
I was so excited, I didn’t want to wait, but the nice man with the toy dolphin told me that I had to learn how to train the dolphins. He told me never, ever, ever touch the eyes or the hole on their back that they breathe through. You have to be very gentle with dolphins! We practiced putting our hands out so the dolphins would come and give us a kiss and dance with us. Then we put on our life jackets that help us float and we went to where the dolphins live.
Be Gentle with Dolphins
We were so lucky, we got to be friends with two mommy dolphins and their little babies! The mommies were named Shelley and Daniella and the babies were Noe and Dani. They were so cute, I told my mommy that I wanted to take a dolphin home, but she said that two cats and a dog were enough and that a dolphin wouldn’t like to sleep in my bed. We got into the water and the dolphins were right there with us!! They swam right in front of me and I got to touch them, they feel like the floatie toys I use at the beach but nicer. Their backs are grey but their tummies are kind of pink and they always look like they are smiling.
I was a little scared when it was my turn to kiss the dolphin, but it was so fun and easy and the dolphin kissed me on my cheek and I kissed her on the lips! I put my hands out in front of me and the dolphin put their flippers in my hands and we danced, it was so cool! We got to splash the dolphins with water and they splashed me too, they swam really really fast and they jumped high in the sky! I was sad when it was time to go, I had so much fun with my dolphin friends. I want to go back again really soon, mommy said if I am a good boy we can go for my birthday. I think I will bring them a cake made of fish.
My Dolphin Friend
–(Sam is a real kid who really did swim with the dolphins, he’s my kid in fact! I’m the mean mommy who wouldn’t let him bring the dolphin home. We went to the Isla Mujeres location and did the program called “Dolphin Encounter“. This is a great program for young children, a lot of interaction with the animals and time to play in the water with them. Outside of the actual swim with dolphins program, there is a play area for children and a pool with a shallow area for kids. Contact Dolphin Discovery to book a tour that is great for the whole family.)