Barbara Bermudo in Dolphin Discovery Cancun

Barbara Bermudo in Dolphin Discovery Cancun

Barbara Bermudo,  Tv Host/Journalist from Univision and “Primer Impacto” presenter , visited Dolphin Discovery Cancun in Moon Palace for a day full of fun and learning about marine mammals.

Barbara and her lovely girls, Mia and Camila, did Royal Swim program that includes hugs, kisses and foot push.

We hope to see you around, Barbara! We loved to have you here 😀

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders photo shoot at Garrafon Park

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders photo shoot at Garrafon Park

Last week Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders visited Garrafon Park for a photo shoot that will be shown on their next season calendar.

They were shooting in beautiful locations with amazing views. Caribbean sea was the perfect scenario for this production where Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders looked stunning.

Dolphin Discovery Group brings “One World Futbol Project” to Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo

Dolphin Discovery Group brings “One World Futbol Project” to Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo

222,000 Kids in 1,600 Communities Will Benefit From the Campaign in the Yucatan Peninsula

New York, January 15,2014 – Dolphin Discovery Group, the largest group of dolphinariums in the world, will incorporate the Mexican State of Quintana Roo to the “One World Futbol Project” when their members distribute soccer balls to the communities surrounding their Isla Mujeres facilities today.

Launched in Mexico last September 2013, singer Sting and the initiative’s creator, Timothy Jeninger, OWFP aims to provide children of impoverished communities with one of the basic toys in the world – a soccer ball. Backed by private companies and government authorities, the kids of the states of Quintana Roo, Campeche and Yucatan will receive a total of 11,000 soccer balls by October of this year throughout the Yucatan Peninsula.

Dolphin Discovery Group’s social responsibility initiatives have provided real results to its surrounding communities. In the past 3 years, more than 10,000 children have learned about sea life and swam with their dolphins. Its veterinarians were also credited with saving an endangered dolphin that lost its way and was caught in the reefs that surround Isla Mujeres this past November.

A Miracle Named Steno

A Miracle Named Steno

steno-liberacionDolphin Discovery rescues a dolphin in a critical state off the coast of Cancun, after one month of medical care she is returned to the sea
August 12, 2013 at 2 a.m., the Dolphin Discovery team received a call from the authorities at the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (PROFEPA) about a dolphin on the rocks of a beach in Cancun in a very weak state, yet still alive. The fire department’s rescue team got the dolphin off the rocks and onto a stretcher until professional assistance could arrive.
The Grupo Dolphin veterinary team led by Dr. Roberto Sanchez Okrucky and the trainers under the direction of Edgar Urbina arrived in the middle of the night to help the animal that was in a critical state. The dolphin was a female around 15 years old of the species steno bredanensis, not very common in our experience, that passes through the Cancun waters and hunts. In a joint decision with the authorities, it was decided to transfer the female to the Turtle Farm on Isla Mujeres using the Grupo Dolphin boats.
The possibility of placing the rescued dolphin with those located in Dolphin Discovery Isla Mujeres was almost zero, the rescue protocols are very strict and there was a good chance of Steno having a viral illness or being contagious. The risk of zoonosis and infection of the 22 dolphins in Isla Mujeres was too high.

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The Turtle Farm has functioned as a quarantine location in the past, with a large area and quick access for the veterinarians and trainers, respecting the natural environment of the animals. The first moments of the dolphin’s arrival were not good, she sank, barely breathing, she rolled on her side and required human assistance to swim. Thanks to the medical team and intense treatments in her first hours of rescue, she was able to stabilize and swim on her own, though very slowly.
The following 10 days were full of constant medical testing. Ultrasounds, daily blood samples, stomach content analysis, respiratory cultures, parasitology, all possible human and economic effort to determine the cause of the dolphin’s stranding. Her appetite for fish was good and the trainers and veterinarians cared for her 24 hours a day in a protective manner, without entering the water so she would not get accustomed to a human presence.
It was determined that she was suffering from acute hepatic cirrhosis, the liver was badly damaged. Her diet was modified to soft solids, mostly squid which has a high water content and capelin which contains water and fiber. Eliminating fats from her diet was the first step in her treatment and recuperation from her disease.
After 20 days her behaviors returned to almost normal, her swimming speed increased with more strength, her breathing became slower and stronger…we were beginning to see a light in the journey. Finally, after one month of treatment and constant communication with PROFEPA regarding the status of her health, a joint decision was made that she was ready to be liberated to continue her natural course.
From the first day, the intentions of Dolphin Discovery and PROFEPA were to rehabilitate and liberate this dolphin, it was not the first time both institutions have worked together and we will continue to do so for the well-being of the animals. On some occasions the rescued animals are not candidates to be returned to the wild because of their critical state or there is nowhere to free them, as in the case of the one day old manatee rescued in 2009 who was rehabilitated and relocated to a natural environment in Dolphin Discovery Puerto Aventuras where it is thriving along with 6 other manatees without a problem.

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The case of Steno the dolphin’s recovery is rare, the majority of beached dolphins are found dead or close to it, being dragged along the coast by the currents. That was not the case this time as our friend had the good fortune to be aided by a professional human team with 18 years of experience in veterinary medicine and training of marine mammals, she was given a second chance at life.

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Dolphin Discovery released the rescued dolphin at Cancun

Dolphin Discovery released the rescued dolphin at Cancun

Today, Dolphin Discovery along with the relevant authorities released in the ocean the dolphin rescued last August 13th at Cancun.

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Our team of veterinarians, in conjunction with agencies and companies involved worked four arduous weeks giving medical care 24 hours a day to Dolphin, which was reversed significantly the chronic liver disease that caused the stranding.

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The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa), was in charge of all rescue efforts, transportation and release, and arranged the stay of the dolphin for these four weeks at the Turtle Farm in Isla Mujeres.

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Meanwhile, Dolphin Discovery veterinarians oversaw the health and behavior of the dolphin.

This actions demostrate the commitment that we have in Mexico for the preservation of this specie.

We are very proud for helping in this wonderful and noble cause!

Dolphin Discovery delivered 5,000 toys and swim with dolphins.

Dolphin Discovery delivered 5,000 toys and swim with dolphins.

The leader in contact with marine mammals delivered 5,000 toys to vulnerable infants, in order to celebrate Children’s Day. This is part of the #DiezMilSonrisas program, which was meant to give 5,000 dolphin swims and 5,000 toys.

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In the facilities of the Integral Family Development (DIF by its acronym in Spanish) institution of the municipality of Benito Juárez in Quintana Roo, Mexico, began the process of delivering toys to make happy infants living near our locations. At Dolphin Discovery, a socially responsible company, we are always focused on impact our surrounding positively.

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Menina Albor, Social Responsibility Adviser Grupo Dolphin Discovery, announced that the company would give dolphin swims to 70 children of DIF’s Temporary Assistance House for vulnerable children, as a gift additional to the  delivered to toys. The children received toys from the hands of Julian Ricalde Magaña, Mayor of Benito Juarez and Atenea Ricalde Gómez, President of DIF of that municipality.

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