Maria José Martín Cardozo was one of the winners in the contest “Mis Quince en Dolphin Discovery”.
This August 10th, our winner enjoyed her prize with her brother and friends. They did the “Royal Swim” program at Dolphin Discovery Riviera Maya, and with no doubt we can tell you that they all had a lots of fun and it was a very emotive for Maria José.
She wrote us the following note telling us how she felt about this experience:
Thank you for this wonderful gift that Dolphin Discovery made for my XV years at Puerto Aventuras, this is something that will remain in my memory forever. Dolphins are very smart animals and they transmit an incredible magic, when I was dancing the waltz with them was very cute, very unexpected, but wonderful, this moment with my friends and my brother was amazing, we were all very excited. Every time I see the photos I believe that my Dad was there, thanks to all the Dolphin Discovery staff, people who chose me as a winner, somehow my dad was with me, that night I talked to him and said, “Dear papito, my love, we did it, we swam with the dolphins!”
This year on June 19th, Dolphin Discovery Riviera Maya celebrated the birth of a male
Sea Lion. This is the third breeding of a beautiful female sea lion named Luna that lives in this location.
Both have great health and they are under our extraordinary veterinarian team care.
They make sure that both stays in a extremely clean area, and that Luna feeds
her breeding between 14 and 16 times a day.
Some interesting facts about sea lions gestation are:
1.- The gestation period of a Sea Lion is of about 11 months.
2.- The female Sea Lion decides when to start the gestation depending on the better climate and environment for her breeding’s birth. This is why Sea Lion offspring are normally born at summer.
3.- A Sea Lion’s birth takes about two hours.
4.- It can only be born one Sea Lion per gestation.
The little Sea Lion will enjoy the love and care that we will provide him on our Riviera Maya location and soon guests will be able to interact with him.
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 Riviera Maya is proud to announce the birth of a dolphin of mama “Regina”. 18 year old Regina is a large female, known for her strength and for her dominant character. She was very protective with her first offspring born in 2010, “Eddie”, who now lives in Dolphin Discovery Costa Maya. We still do not know the gender of the newborn but it is healthy and thriving close to mama’s side. Regina is sure to be a great mother to our latest dolphin family member!
Regina and her newborn Dec. 18, 2012
With this last birth of 2012, Dolphin Discovery is thrilled with another successful year of the “Miracle” reproduction program. This year we were blessed with the birth of 8 newborn dolphins, 3 in Puerto Aventuras, 2 in Isla Mujeres, 1 in Cozumel, 1 in Tortola and 1 in Los Cabos! We also welcomed a newborn manatee to Puerto Aventuras, a species that is considered to be endangered and the birth of one is a great source of pride for our team. Our reproduction program ensures the highest quality care for our pregnant moms and 24 hour monitoring of the newborns. Our team of veterinarians, biologists and trainers are completely devoted to the animals in their care and are experts in the field of reproductive science in marine mammals.
Congratulations to Regina and a hearty “congratulations and thank you” to our “Miracle” team who worked so hard this year in providing the very best care to all the marine mammals in their charge.
Congratulations to our wonderful mommy manatee Julieta! On the morning of November 9, 2012, the sixth manatee born in Dolphin Discovery entered the world and began swimming happily with his mom Julieta, dad Romeo and “Aunt Dorothy”. The birth of this healthy baby boy marks another success in the reproduction program of Dolphin Discovery, a program that has exceeded all expectations since 2002 with the birth of 69 marine mammals under our human care: dolphins, sea lions and manatees.
Newborn manatee at Dolphin Discovery Riviera Maya
Mama manatee Julieta was rescued by Dolphin Discovery ten years ago and has since lived a healthy life alongside her partner Romeo in the Dolphin Discovery Puerto Aventuras environment. This newborn manatee is her fourth offspring and her experience as a mother made this an easy birth and transition, she immediately took to caring for her youngster. The newborn measured 1.2 meters long, weighed 20 kgs and is in perfect health.
Julieta and her newborn manatee
Congratulations to the staff of veterinarians, biologists and trainers at Dolphin Discovery Riviera Maya, a job well-done in ensuring the health and well-being of our manatee family. The new addition is loved by all already! (Stay tuned, we’ll be inviting the public to assist in naming the latest member of our family!)
Dolphin Discovery is celebrating another incredible milestone in our continuing efforts to protect and conserve endangered marine animals. It was ten years ago that our team of biologists first participated in the rescue of manatees in Mexico. In 2001, Dolphin Discovery was invited to the state of Tabasco where a group of manatees were living in very poor conditions in a polluted lake. The animals were suffering horribly, extremely malnourished and in desperate need of assistance. Manatees are an endangered species and it was with a sense of urgency that the Dolphin Discovery team joined authorities from the federal government in the rescue operation. The delicate mission was successful, the biologists rescued “Romeo and Juliet”, and brought them back to the Dolphin Discovery facilities in Puerto Aventuras, Riviera Maya for rehabilitation and medical care.
“The Story of Tuuch” a moving video of the rescue of a baby manatee
(“Tuuch” has since been renamed Roberto & is enjoying a fine life in the Riviera Maya)
Since then, Romeo and Juliet have not only survived, but have thrived in their new home. The couple has created a beautiful family through the Dolphin Discovery breeding program, becoming parents to three offspring (as well as fostering the rescued baby “Roberto” and taking him in as their own). The manatee family at Dolphin Discovery has grown over the years through other rescue operations, a testament to the skill and care of our team of biologists and scientists, led by Dr. Roberto Sanchez and their dedication to the preservation of this endangered species.
If you are in Cancun this week, join us in Parque las Palapas downtown for a celebration of our ten years of caring for these noble creatures. November 17, 18 and 19th from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm you can meet members of our team and enjoy activities for the whole family.
We invite you to meet our manatee friends in the Riviera Maya, Cozumel and Isla Mujeres in our unique manatee encounter programs, learn about these gentle giants and even give them a little kiss, it is an experience you will never forget.