Turtle illustrated by Noel Kassewitz.
The book is titled “The Ocean Adventures of Pinni, Tursi & Mydas” and is written by Donna Kassewitz and illustrated by Noel Kassewitz.
It helps empower kids to be environmental stewards by gifting this book among family and friends, and buying an extra copy to donate to your local elementary school or library. The colorful characters in this story will inspire hearts and minds both in the classroom and at home!
Tursi, the bottlenose dolphin, Pinni, the sea lion and Mydas, the green sea turtle learn about the value of teamwork and friendship as they deal with the dangerous problem of plastics in the ocean. When one of them becomes entangled in plastic debris, the trio must embark on a journey to find a solution before it is too late. On the way, they encounter other ocean creatures whose lives are also endangered by plastics in the ocean. Where is all this plastic coming from? Will they find help in time?
Illustration by Noel Kassewitz.
How it came about….
This book came about because we received many emails from elementary school teachers requesting educational tools about ocean trash for their classrooms. It was encouraging that so many teachers wanted to share this important environmental message with their students, so we decided to create this book as an interactive resource to meet this need.
With the assistance of an expert education consultant, the book includes many Teaching & Sharing Activities and Project Ideas to meet a variety of educational goals, as well as foster lively discussions about this topic.
All proceeds from this book go towards funding dolphin communication research, so that someday soon the dolphins can teach us what they know about healthy oceans.
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Characterized by its beauty and melodious voice, this mythological creature swam from the depths of the sea to teach people how to protect the marine life. The story of Mermaid Melissa begins like this…
Mermaid Melissa made her way as speaker of the aquatic ecosystem since childhood. Originally from Saint Augustine, Florida, Melissa has always had a close relationship with the sea; she was a surfer since a little girl and when she grew up, she decided to search for a water related job.
From different marine shows to become a professional diver, the young entrepreneur went to seek an aquatic career. Achieving to hold her breath for five minutes, Melissa became the protective mermaid of this blue planet.
By sea or by land, the little mermaid has traveled the world spreading her love for the marine life with a somewhat magical message: “Save the oceans before all creatures become mythical”.
By 2016, we have seen this beautiful mermaid in Australia, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, among other locations. Remarkably, Melissa visited Dolphin Discovery Cozumel, where she had a wonderful meeting with dolphins, making it clear that she is one more voice of the marine species.
If you’re looking to see her in action, you can find the adventures of Mermaid Melissa swimming here.
Mexico has a great variety of endemic species, meaning that they can only be found in natural regions of the country, as is the Vaquita.
It’s time to raise awareness, the vaquita is in real danger at the point of asking if there is a future for this species. According to experts, yes, the vaquita still has an opportunity. With various measures that the government, authorities and NGOs have implemented, there is an encouraging future for this species.
This species is one of the smallest cetaceans in the world, which can grow to about 1.50m and often find their food near the lagoons. These small species use sharp sounds to communicate with each other, and usually swim and feed at a leisurely pace.
They are the only species of porpoise that lives in warm waters, it is why can be found them in the upper Gulf of California. Today we are in a constant struggle to keep the last copies of the vaquita, as it currently is the most endangered marine mammal, relying solely on an estimated population of 60 individuals!
Now, do you want to know what is the main cause of the extinction of the vaquita? The answer is very simple: illegal Totoaba fishing that, like the vaquita, is an endemic species of the Upper Gulf of California.
The Totoaba is considered banned from fishing since 1975 and its sale was prohibited in 1977. However the commercialization of this species is a very lucrative business, especially for the Chinese market, who can expect to pay thousands of dollars for a Totoaba dish, causing its high smuggling despite the measures taken.
The immoderate fishing increase of the Totoaba, plus the damage of the ecosystem when placing fishing nets, causes the death of the vaquita.
If you want to know more about the vaquita, we invite you to watch this documentary.
Last weekend Dolphin Discovery received Joel Dreessen, Miles Burris, Joey Larocque, Caleb Hanie, Nick Roach and Vance McDonald, NFL players who were visiting Cancun and the Riviera Maya.
The players arrived at our location in Puerto Aventuras very excited about this new experience, accompanied by their wives and families, they really enjoyed their vacation.
It was time to enter the water, and Chaac and Star the dolphins that accompanied them that day, were happy to meet them. Everyone could kiss them, hug them and dance with them. They were especially excited with the Foot Push and Belly Ride.
They were happy, among giggles and excitement they shared beautiful moments with these wonderful animals. Finally, Chaac showed them how important it was to keep our oceans clean and care for nature, when he picked up a bottle of water and brought it to the trash can. For all, was very fun to watch.
Upon completion of the program with dolphins, they all got out of the water to go visit some amazing creatures, Manatees! For the players and their families, it was really cool to know and learn more about them. They were with the manatees of Puerto Aventuras and got to meet their babies, caressed, embraced and fed them. It was a different and beautiful experience.
Finally, when they finished the program with the manatees, they left the water to eat at the buffet restaurant. The players were very pleased and happy to see all the pictures that were on that day. So many memories that are now new treasures for them and their families.
For the fifth consecutive year, the last Saturday March 7, Dolphin Discovery Group performed its mixed soccer tournament, where the partners of the company enjoyed an afternoon full of joy and fun with their friends and family.
The event was performed in the fields ECYD , where 15 teams from different locations competed to be the best.
During matches , there were snacks for participants, some mood music for the game , and an area for children for face painting. For dinner, delicious tacos could not miss.
After the tournament, the players automatically entered a raffle, in which you could win VIP tickets to the cinema, dinner in restaurants like “Muellecito” and “Yaxché”, Jungle Tour, swims with dolphins, “Dolphibonos”, among others.
At the end of the tournament, the top 3 places were awarded and were given a trophy in recognition of their great participation and performance, as well, each of the players were granted double passes to interact with dolphins .
Since 2005, consecutively Dolphin Discovery Group has received the recognition of “Socially Responsible Company” (ESR for its initials in spanish) that is given by its commitment in the four core areas of social responsibility that are: Business Ethics, Quality of Life in the Company, Bonding and Impact with the Community, and Care and Preservation of the Environment.
The company is committed to support women who are part of their team. It cares about impulsing them, respecting them and giving them the value they deserve, so much has been done, that they received the certification in the Gender Equity Model for which they’ve worked so hard.
The company also wants to expose the importance of being a socially responsible company and being certified with Gender Equity. But it is not just having the certification,is day by day applying every detail and giving women the support they need.
Another initiative of Dolphin Discovery is training on the importance of caring for marine mammals, this is why the team of Dolphin Discovery has been given the task of organizing university lectures in order to convey to young people the love and interest that the company has for animals and nature.
On March 5 a conference for the municipal Ecology Department was given, themed “The importance of caring for marine mammals” in the ecological park Kabah. Also, another conference was given in the auditorium of the UNID, a university in Cozumel, with the topic of”Environmental Education”.The conferences are free and what Dolphin Discovery Group seeks is invite the society to join this initiative to care for nature and marine mammals, tell them the initiatives that Dolphin Discovery has for them and the commitment that they demonstrate every day.