Last thursday we had the pleasure of receiving some very special guests: children from the mayan community Campamento Hidalgo. They woke up very early to take the bus from their home at the limits of Quintana Roo and Yucatan, that would take them to Cancun to take the ferry to their final destination: Dolphin Discovery Isla Mujeres.
The 10 girls and 10 boys with their guardians arrived filled with excitement, because due to the difficulties that imply moving from their community they have never seen the sea yet they quickly lose the fear and got on to the ferry that would take them to their dolphin encounter.
After a tour around the park and small talk given by Marco Moen where the kids learned about their environment, how to take care of nature and the ways us at Dolphin Discovery take care fo the environment as a socially responsible company, they were taken to their so anticipated activity: meeting America and Daniela the dolphins with whom they would have their unforgettable encounter.
The look on their faces was invalubale, so many smiles and excitement of getting in the water with the dolphins, is just unimaginable the combination of so many feelings: seeing the sea and going in to the fresh water, seeing a dolphin and being able to touch her, all at the same time!
Some kids were feeling a little overwhelmed, but soon felt confident thanks to the kind words and demostrations from our marine mammal specialists, who show them all the fun beahaviors the dolphins wanted to share with them.
After 50 minutes of kisses, hugs, and waves to the dolphins the kids said their goodbyes filled with joy and information about the wonderful dolphins.
They took the ferry back to Cancun, some of them a little tired after a long days of emotions but with a smile on their faces after having the experience of a lifetime.
Nearly 1,000 emaciated and sick sea lion pups and older animals have shown up on California beaches since the first of the year. The rescue teams and stranding centers are overwhelmed as they strive to rescue and rehabilitate the young animals. The supplies, manpower, and other things needed to care for so many sea lions are great and resources to do so are thinly stretched.
Last week, the National Marine Mammal Foundation reached out to the Alliance with an urgent request for help. The quickest, most effective way to assist is by donating money. Dolphin Discovery joins this cause and we invite you to do the same, so if you or your facility would like to make a donation, you can contribute directly to the National Marine Mammal Foundation at www.nmmf.org or to the stranding centers listed below.
In addition to lending financial support, if you are interested in donating supplies or helping with staffing, you can contact any of these stranding centers:
Marine Mammal Care Center, San Pedro
Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Laguna Beach
Channel Islands Marine Wildlife Institute, Santa Barbara
The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
ALLIANCE and Dolphin Discovery appreciate any kind of help you may give to save these beautiful sea lions who need it more than ever.
On February 1st we went to the Mayan community in the municipality of Benito Juarez , where about 18 children from the community showed up to take a class of environmental education and the importance of caring for mammals.
In class were perfomed different recreational activities such as the game of questions and answers, the game of catching the bottle , and the hour of paint , especially for the children could better understand the importance of recycling , environmental education and care of the species maritime.
At the end of the class the children of the community thanked to Joanna Stoklosa coordinator of conservation area of Dolphin Discovery with love and they parted with a few small gifts from the community.
At Dolphin Discovery we are very happy to share with you that today a baby dolphin was born in Puerto Aventuras. Why is this new life so important?
FFrida, the mom, gave birth 5:00 am to a second generation dolphin. What does this mean? This means that the parents are first generation born in Dolphin Discovery.
December 4th, 2002, at the same location Puerto Aventuras, Athena delivered Frida. During the last 12 years, Frida has been with us, growing, training and developing social abilities, on June the 13th 2010 she delivered Charlie, first dolphin second generation at Dolphin Discovery. Two years later this incredible mother delivered Diego also second generation and today we are enjoying her third delivery.
We don’t know yet if it is a male or a female, what really matters now is that this newborn is swimming properly, well-fed minute after minute by the mom, and that our veterinarian and trainers team is looking after it day and night.
This nativities help us dispel so many questions from our guests about the provenance of our dolphins, to have dolphins first and second generation is something incredible that reflects the well-being of our dolphins at Dolphin Discovery
Today Athena and Picaso, who are of course with us, have been grandparents for the third time and we are very proud saying that Frida their daughter is a great mother and a good Dolphin Discovery reference being the first newborn firs generation.
This type of miracles are the ones that have given the name to our “Miracle Program” which makes our new Theme Parks’ openings the only ones with dolphins born under human care, showing that we don’t skimp efforts when giving love to our marine mammals.
Congratulations everybody! We invite you all to visit Puerto Aventuras today to celebrate all together this newborn.
Josh Levi, X-Factor “x-contestant” visited Dolphin Discovery location inside Moon Palace Hotel. Josh and his family had a blast last week in company of the most loved dolphins!
Swim Adventure program was the one to provide them the perfect mix between fun and education facts.
There’s no doubt Josh and family knew how to have fun in a perfect day here in mexican Caribbean 😀
As we all know very well no deadline can outpace us. Yesterday we had officially inaugurated our number 14 dolphinarium: Dolphin Discovery Akumal; accompany by friends, government authorities and the media. Roberto Borge, Quintana Roo State governor was beside us during the ribbon cutting ceremony, along many other important people like commercial partners, local Government and Municipal authorities.
The dolphinarium has an aquatic area of 1,200 square meters and is inside of the Grand Sirenis Resort & Spa Riviera Maya, beautiful Hotel portraying one of the most wonderful and privileged views of the Riviera Maya.
With #DolphinAkumal oppening, Dolphin Discovery reaches 14 successful locations, 4 of them have Miricle program, which means that their dolphins are all born under human care, following and mastering strict environmentalist guidelines, like: Profepa at National level, AMMPA and IMATA at International level.
The total investment for the building trade of #DolphinAkumal was up to 4 million Dollars – in between facilities and equipment. It has generated 34 direct occupations, and 170 indirect occupations including personnel and suppliers from the municipalities of Solidaridad and Tulum.
Cutting edge Technology is the major feature of this location, because it has a supporting live system for dolphins with 16 high efficiency turbines and ozonator gear that controls the proliferation of microorganisms in the water that comes directly form the ocean.
#DolphinAkumal is home to 4 dolphins born in Quintana Roo: Charly, Athos, Gigio and porthos.
Being part of the biggest dolphin family in the world: Dolphin Discovery, we are very pleased to share this project with you. We welcome you to Dolphin Discovery Akumal and we hope to see you around here soon.