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!
Dolphin Discovery is thrilled to be making the move to the big screen as part of the new film “Angel del Mar” (“Angel of the Sea”). The story is about a young boy from Mexico City who loses his family in an automobile accident and moves to the Riviera Maya with his aunt. He meets a young dolphin named “Angel” who was separated from his mother and together they work to change their world and to heal together. This moving story is being brought to life by the producers of “Marcelino Pan y Vino”, Agustín Pérez Santiago and Mikel García Bilbao of Petra Santa Films.
Trainers & dolphin rehearse the stretcher behavior
The film will shoot for 23 days in Chankanaab Park and Dolphin Discovery Cozumel, with our animal actors playing starring roles. The producers chose Dolphin Discovery for our expertise in animal training, our healthy marine mammals and our beautiful facilities in the crystal clear waters of the Mexican Caribbean. Our dolphins, sea lions and trainers are currently in rehearsal, learning new behaviors to meet the demands of the script. From Cozumel to Hollywood, we wish great success to our new stars, Karla the sea lion and John and Eddie our three year old dolphins, the Oscars are waiting for you!
Dolphin Discovery is pleased to welcome the newest member of our dolphin family, the newborn baby of mom “Frida”, born Tuesday August 14th around 7 am in Cozumel. I asked Alejandro Mata, our superstar trainer of trainers for the details and he gave me a full report!
Our expert team of veterinarians, biologists and trainers started monitoring Frida closely for 15 days before the expected day of birth. Through ultrasounds, the team can predict the birth date based on the distance between the pectoral fins, similar to how human babies are measured by their skull size. It is incredible how accurate the predictions are!
The newborn baby of Frida was born in the early hours of August 14th, with a natural and very quick birth. Baby came out tail first as is natural in dolphins, and was “folded like a taco”. The friction of the water helped “unfold” the newborn and they began to propel themselves through the water. Like all mammals, the baby is protected by a placenta in the womb (for 12 months in the case of dolphins), Frida expelled the one meter long sac at 9:30 am. The gender of the baby is still unknown, the team does not want to enter the water to check as they wish to avoid interfering with mother and child as much as possible. As with all baby dolphins, the skin is a very dark, almost black color, but as the skin renews every two hours, it will change to the silver-grey color of older dolphins.
The newborn had their first taste of mother’s milk at 11:30 am, an important event as the first milk consists of colostrum, a vital substance containing antibodies and defenses as well as important fats. Since the first sip, the baby hasn’t stopped, feeding 6 to 9 times every half hour for 6 to 8 seconds. The frequency will drop but the feeding times will grow longer as baby gains more experience.
The baby is breathing normally, matching the mother’s breaths exactly. Right now they move in rhythm and the baby is a shadow to Frida. She is teaching her little one to swim, breathe, turn and sleep, and the baby does exactly as she does, down to breathing at the same time, 22 to 28 times every ten minutes.
The Dolphin Discovery team is on constant watch for the next month, monitoring the baby’s every move, 24 hours a day and maintaining a log of feeding times, distance from mother (currently stuck to her side), breathing of mother and baby and how the baby feeds (from one or both mammary glands). The data is analyzed in graphic form to determine that everything is within normal parameters and we are happy to report that all is well!
Frida is a great mom (she has one previous birth, her son Charly who is thriving in our Riviera Maya facility) and we know that she will take great care of this beautiful new addition. Big congratulations to the Dolphin Discovery team on yet another healthy birth, the controlled reproduction program is a great success and something we are all very proud of. Big dolphin kisses to Frida and the wee one!
Leave a comment of congratulations and we will share your thoughts with the team and the dolphins! Please see our baby dolphin Flickr set for more photos and share the cuteness with your friends!
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.
Dolphin Discovery Cozumel is pleased to to announce that we have received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence, which honors top-rated lodging businesses, restaurants and attractions, as reviewed by travelers on the world’s largest travel site. To qualify, businesses must maintain an average rating of four or higher out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include volume of reviews and how recently they have been submitted by TripAdvisor travelers.
“The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence program gives exceptional businesses in a variety of different industries around the world the recognition they deserve,” said Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business. “From top-rated restaurants in Boston to top-rated attractions in Barcelona, we want to applaud these businesses for offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience.”
The Dolphin Discovery Cozumel staff are dedicated to providing guests with the experience of a lifetime. From our reservations department to food and beverage and of course our incredible trainers, each member of the team has contributed to this award of excellence from Trip Advisor. We thank all of you, our guests, the award means so much knowing that it was the positive response of travelers that brought us this recognition. Congratulations team!
Dolphin Discovery Cozumel facilities are located inside Chankanaab National Park. The swim with dolphins programs participants and their companions are invited to to relax, enjoy good food and cool beverages, snorkel the reefs, giggle at the sea lions show and participate in other activities inChankanaab, or go out and explore the island by themselves before or after their interactive program.
Schedule: Cozumel location is open Monday to Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Contact the Dolphin Discovery reservations department to book your dolphin swim experience!