‪#‎CreatureFeatureThursday‬ in #‎OurWorldOceans from AMMPA

Today is ‪#‎CreatureFeatureThursday‬ in ‎#OurWorldOceans‬ and we’d like to tell you a bit about the sea stars that share the same ecosystem with the dolphins, in the wild as well as in the Dolphin Discovery facilites, just like this one in Cayman Island.

Did you know that the sea stars has an eye at the tip of each arm? Also it turns its stomach inside out and brings it out through its mouth.  This wraps its stomach around the food and pulls it back inside after the food is digested.
Another interesting fact is that a sea stars can grow a whole new body from just one arm.

Unfortunatelly the population of the sea stars are devastated by wasting disease (SSWD-Sea Star Wasting Syndrome) on the west coast from Alaska to Southern California over the past year.

There is evidence that there is an infectious cause that may be either primary or secondary. SSWD appears to be transmissible between individuals and between susceptible sea star species. Given the current situation, it is recommended that acquisition of sea stars from known areas impacted by SSWD be avoided.

 

Haiti children receive donated toys

Haiti children receive donated toys

On April 28, we celebrated Children’s Day at Dolphin Discovery through the #DiezMilSonrisas campaign, in which hundreds of children participated by donating a toy in all our locations; in return, they would receive a dolphin swim.

The time to bring a smile to hundreds of children in vulnerable situations has come, so it was turn to donate Dolphin Discovery Tortola’s toys to orphanage “Harmony House”, located in Haiti.

All Dolphin Discovery Tortola‘s team was in charge of doing this work, especially the training staff, who tirelessly supported this campaign from the begining till the end.

Well done, Dolphin Discovery Tortola!

Dolphin Discovery 2010 Year in Review

Dolphin Discovery 2010 Year in Review

Happy Holidays from Dolphin Discovery!

It’s that time of year again, the season to join with family and friends and celebrate the holidays, reflect on the year past and look forward to what the new year will bring.  2010 was a busy year for Dolphin Discovery, new ventures, new friends and a whole lot of smiling faces.  Let’s have a look at some of the highlights of 2010…

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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 make us laugh every day, and little baby Taco has a huge personality!

Taco the Baby Sea Lion

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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 of Dominica!

Miss Caribbean World 2010 in Tortola
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“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.

Por la Libre 2010 Winner Fernando Betanzas
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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!

New Mom Julieta and baby manatee
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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.

Merlin the iPad Dolphin
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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.

Dive with Dolphins Cozumel
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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.

Dolphin Discovery Costa Maya
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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!

Dolphin Discovery- Mother’s Day Specials

Dolphin Discovery- Mother’s Day Specials

Swim with Dolphins for Mother's Day

Mexico is a country known for its devotion to the family, and no family member is more revered than “Mama”.  Every year on May 10th the entire country pays homage to matriarchs with the annual “Dia de las Madres” or “Mother’s Day” celebrations.  Young children create cards and gifts and adult children bring flowers and treat their mothers to very special dinners and parties.  The traditional song “Las Mananitas” is sung, often as a serenade outside of mother’s house with mariachis for accompaniment.   “Mama” is the center of attention and the whole family shows her their appreciation on this very special day.  Mothers have been honoured throughout the ages around the world, but the first official “Dia de las Madres” in Mexico wasn’t celebrated until May 10th, 1922 as a result of the petitions by  Rafael Alducin Bedolla, founder of the newspaper “Excelsior”.  We thank him for bringing us such a special day and we thank moms everywhere for all that they do!

Dolphin Discovery would like to show moms just how special they are by offering a 20% discount to mothers on all our swim with dolphins programs in all our locations for the entire month of May!  Guests swimming with their mom get an additional 10% off their own swims too!  Treat your mom to an experience she’ll never forget, book now!  Lots of love to moms everywhere from all our dolphins!



Miss Caribbean World 2010 at Dolphin Discovery Tortola

Miss Caribbean World 2010 at Dolphin Discovery Tortola

Miss Caribbean World at Dolphin Discovery

Dolphin Discovery Tortola would like to offer our congratulations to Marcia Baptiste of Dominica, the winner of the Miss Caribbean World Pageant 2010!  Miss Baptiste earned her crown on Sunday March 28, the second consecutive year for Dominica to hold the title.  Outstanding women from 15 Caribbean countries competed in Tortola, sharing their beauty, charm and intelligence with an appreciative crowd.  Congratulations also go to first runner up Dannyele Teneel Leslie from Barbados and second runner-up (and Miss Congeniality!)  Jeuel-Marie Green-Thompson, Miss Trinidad & Tobago.  Tough competition with such fabulous Caribbean women, kudos to all the competitors.

Miss Caribbean World- It must be love!

It wasn’t all work for the Miss Caribbean World contestants, they were able to take some time out of their busy schedule to enjoy the island paradise of Tortola.  Dolphin Discovery Tortola was thrilled to host the contestants as they swam with dolphins, shared fishy kisses and got a speedy ride from their new dolphin friends.  It surely was an experience they’ll never forget (and neither will the dolphins or the trainers!).  Congratulations to the organizers of the pageant and to all the women who represented the Caribbean with charm and grace, we thank you for joining us at Dolphin Discovery and we will welcome you back with open flippers anytime!

For more photos of these gorgeous women swimming with dolphins, please visit our Dolphin Discovery Flickr set.

From Puerto Rico to Tortola

From Puerto Rico to Tortola

Dolphin Discovery Tortola

Ahhh, the island life!  For many people living in Puerto Rico, a trip to the British Virgin Islands makes a great little getaway, close to home but far enough away to be an adventure.  The tiny island of Tortola is a mere 60 miles/96 kilometers from Puerto Rico and is easily reached by air in about 30 minutes, the flights soaring up to 8000 ft with some spectacular aerial views of the nearby islands.  There are both commercial and charter flights from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Tortola, the main carriers being Fly BVI, Cape Air, American Airlines and American Eagle airlines, prices can be found for less than $200 USD.  Hotels in Tortola are available for every budget, from ritzy private villas to more affordable cottages.  A favourite of Tortola visitors, the “Sugar Mill Hotel” offers boutique accomodations and intimate luxury on a perfect beach. “Frenchmans” offers the luxury of a large resort while maintaining a community feel with its charming cottages.  Bed and breakfasts dot the island,  a popular choice for travellers from Puerto Rico to share the sun-filled days with family.

Once in Tortola, guests will discover the incredible beaches of the island. Cane Garden Bay is the most popular spot with tourists while those looking for something a little more remote will love the adventure of finding Smuggler’s Cove.  Sage Mountain Park is the site of the largest mountain in the US and British Virgin Islands, great for a hike and stunning views.  Scuba diving and snorkeling are “must do’s” on the island, and sailing has become the hottest activity in Tortola.  Tortola is the center of the yachting and sailing community in the Caribbean, the conditions of water and wind are ideal for boats of all sizes!  Of course, the highlight of any trip to the island is a visit to Dolphin Discovery Tortola.  Join us for the experience of a lifetime, meet our dolphins face to face for a little kiss, a dance and an adrenaline rush as they push you through the water at high speed! The Dolphin Discovery Swim Tortola is ideal for the whole family while those looking for something more daring will love the Tortola Dolphin Royal Swim.  Adventure awaits with our dolphin friends!

This is a special invitation to Puerto Rico travellers, join us in Tortola to swim with dolphins, we’d love to have you and the dolphins are ready to give you a big fishy kiss.  We’ve got great deals on swimming with dolphins in Tortola, contact us today to book an adventure you’ll never forget.

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