Norceca Volleyball Players
On April 22nd and 24th we welcomed the top volleyball players from around the world that came to Cayman for the Annual Norceca Volleyball Tournament. We hosted some of the most recognizable players in Beach Volleyball like Todd Rogers playing for the USA Team which took 1st Place. We had teams from different countries coming from USA, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, South Africa, Peru, Ecuador, Barbados, Costa Rica among many more. Great Volleyball Weekend!
Dolphins and Me!
On April 8th, we received a group of 17 students + 3 adults that came for our Dolphin’s and Me program from Triple C School. Our educational programs are growing in popularity as its becoming annual trip for many local and private schools. They all received an educational pre-orientation and an in water experience with the baby dolphin Lucky!
10,000 Smiles Event (#10MilSonrisas)
On Saturday April 26th Dolphin Discovery greeted many kids who donated toys to be later distributed to those less fortunate. Kids enjoyed many fun activities and treats like swimming with dolphins, painting, face painting, crafts, games, popcorn and cotton candy. Dolphin Discovery Cayman is now being well recognized by the local community as one of the companies providing the most social responsibility, and hosting charitable event.
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.
How incredibly fast time goes by! It seems like it was yesterday when the first edition of our project #10ThousandSmiles was taking place. Back then we gave 5,000 swim with dolphins programs to 5,000 Mexican children who donated toys to give-away on April the 30th –Childrens Day on Mexico— to little children in state of vulnerability and/or pobertty.
Now, of course, we had overcome expectations; 10,000 is only a number because reality represents much more than that, like the happiness of thousands of people involved in this beautiful event: children, parents, Dolphin Discovery collaborators’, communication media and the community in general. There were a lot of people happily helping.
This year we aggregate something else to #10ThousandSmiles, over the swim with dolphins program in exchange of toys we also decided to support the nonprofit association “Aqui Nadie Se Rinde” (No one surrenders in here), who every single day puts the most significant effort fighting against pediatric cancer. We are donating about 1.5 million—Mexican pesos— to that nonprofit association. On this manner and with your help we’re bringing happiness to a lot of people.
On April 26, we received thousands of kids in our Dolphin Discovery locations. The kids that had donated a toy had swim with dolphins and had a day full recreational activities. Activities like: ecology talks, face-painting, the clowns show, Sea Lions and manatees talks, just to name a few. We are really glad of seeing people’s participation and we are looking forward for having them and you again next year for making #10ThousandSmiles the Happiest Event of the year.
Do you know Cayman’s official tourism app? It’s called “Cayman Visitor” and we are beyond happy about being named “The Best Dolphin Adventure”.
We won this pretty cool certificate and now we share with you guys. Thanks! Thanks a lot! 😀
Swim with dolphins in Dolphin Discovery Grand Cayman… it’s an experience of a lifetime!
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.
Dolphin Discovery rescued a dolphin in a critical state off the coast of Cancun, after one month of medical care she has been returned to the sea.
August 12, 2013 at 2 a.m., the Dolphin Discovery rescue team received a call from the authorities of 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 Dolphin Discovery veterinary team lead 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 age and from the species steno bredanensis, not very commonly seen through the Cancun waters. In a joint decision with the authorities, it was decided to transfer the female to the Turtle Farm on Isla Mujeres using the Dolphin Discovery boats.
The possibility of placing the rescued dolphin with the other dolphins located in Dolphin Discovery Isla Mujeres was almost zero, for the rescue protocols are very strict and there was a big chance of Steno having a viral and contagious illness. The risk of zoonosis and infection of the 22 dolphins in Isla Mujeres was too high.
The Turtle Farm has the function of a quarantine location, 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, and was 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 tests, 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 took care of 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.
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 of life.