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Here at Dolphin Discovery we are celebrating Picasso and Athenea! The grandparents of Charly a four-year-old dolphin that lives in Puerto Aventuras. If you take a close look you will see that Charly inherited his grandpa Picasso’s eyes. From his grandma Athenea you will notice the same eagerness to learn.
Thanks to our Miracle program we can know exactly who are the mother and the father of every Miracle animal and in this case who the grandparents of every animal are. Picasso has fathered many Miracle calves throughout the years but Charly is his first “grand-calf.”
We are so lucky! Today a baby manatee was born, a new member of the manatee’s family at Puerto Aventuras, Riviera Maya. Juliette the mother has given birth this morning to a healthy, perfect manatee who is now breastfeeding. The baby manatee use to weight 44 pounds and measure less than 3 feet when they born, but they grow very fast. It is too soon to know if it is a male or a female though we are pretty sure Juliette will take care of him very well like she did before with her previous babies: Yoltzin was born in August 2005 and it was the second one born under human care in Mexico, nowadays it is living at Dreams location, over there in Puerto Aventuras.
Quijote was her second baby, born in 2008, it is living in Cozumel with his brother Edgarin, he was born two years later in September 2010 being Juliette’s third baby. In November 2012 at Puerto Aventuras baby manatee Lorencillo was born and he lives right there were the newborn has just yet arrived and they will be best siblings and best friends certainly.
The reproductive program of this specie is a matter of much importance for Dolphin Discovery Group because this type of marine mammals are under threat of extinction in the region and all over Mexico.The manatee census at Quintana Roo and Yucatan indicated that there are only 200-250 manatees living in the area and over the rest of the country there are proximately 1500-2000. These numbers are given by the Dr. Benjamin Morales from Ecosur Center, at Chetumal, we have collaborative and investigative agreements with them and we always celebrate all together September the 7th, “Manatee’s National Day”. We cordially invite you to come to Puerto Aventuras to see this beautiful newborn.
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.
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.
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.
It’s #AwarenessWednesday in #OurWorldOcean campain. Heavy boat traffic can affect the distribution, behavior, communication and energetics of the animals. Dolphins, manatiees and even whale sharks have been known to be struck by boats in high traffic areas, causing injury and death.
Feeding or swimming with dolphins, manatiees and even whale sharks in the wild teaches them to approach boats, making the animals vulnerable to potential propeller strikes, fishing gear entanglement, ingestion of foreign objects or intentional harm from humans. Additionally, increasing human interaction and/or boat traffic may cause coastal bottlenose dolphins to abandon important hábitat. Help Dolphin Discovery and the #AnimalAdvocates at #AMMPA spread the word - view the wildfile from a safe and respectful distance and explain the harm caused by getting too close to the wild animals.
Norceca Volleyball Players
On April 22nd and 24th we welcomed the top volleyball players from around the world that came to Cayman for the Annual Norceca Volleyball Tournament. We hosted some of the most recognizable players in Beach Volleyball like Todd Rogers playing for the USA Team which took 1st Place. We had teams from different countries coming from USA, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, South Africa, Peru, Ecuador, Barbados, Costa Rica among many more. Great Volleyball Weekend!
Dolphins and Me!
On April 8th, we received a group of 17 students + 3 adults that came for our Dolphin’s and Me program from Triple C School. Our educational programs are growing in popularity as its becoming annual trip for many local and private schools. They all received an educational pre-orientation and an in water experience with the baby dolphin Lucky!
10,000 Smiles Event (#10MilSonrisas)
On Saturday April 26th Dolphin Discovery greeted many kids who donated toys to be later distributed to those less fortunate. Kids enjoyed many fun activities and treats like swimming with dolphins, painting, face painting, crafts, games, popcorn and cotton candy. Dolphin Discovery Cayman is now being well recognized by the local community as one of the companies providing the most social responsibility, and hosting charitable event.
Last week Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders visited Garrafon Park for a photo shoot that will be shown on their next season calendar.
They were shooting in beautiful locations with amazing views. Caribbean sea was the perfect scenario for this production where Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders looked stunning.
How incredibly fast time goes by, it seems like yesterday when the first edition of our project #10MilSonrisas was taking place. Back then we donated 5,000 swim with dolphins programs to Mexican children who donated 5,000 toys to give-away on April the 30th –Mexican Child Day— to little children in despair or in a state of vulnerability.
Now, of course, we had overcome expectations; 10,000 is only a number because reality represents much more than that, like the happiness of thousands of people involved in this beautiful event: children, parents, Dolphin Discovery collaborators’, communication media and the community in general. There were a lot of people happily helping.
This year we aggregate something else to #10MilSonrisas, over the swim with dolphins program in exchange of toys we also decided to support the nonprofit association “Aqui Nadie Se Rinde”, who every single day puts the most significant effort fighting against pediatric cancer. We are donating about 1.5 million—Mexican pesos— to that nonprofit association. On this manner and with your help we’re bringing happiness to a lot of people.
On April 26, we received thousands of kids in our Dolphin Discovery locations. The kids that had donated a toy had swum with dolphins and had a fun-fulfilled activities day. Activities like: ecology talks, face-painting, the clowns show, Sea Lions and manatees talks, just to name a few. We are really glad of seeing people’s participation and we are looking forward for having them and you again next year for making #10MilSonrisas the Happiest Event of the year.