Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday Memberships

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the marine mammal love in your life? Why not sign them up for a DRC membership?

Your membership includes the adoption of one of our dolphin or sea lions, access to our Members' Only section and Members' Only events, a bi-monthly Dolphin Society Newsletter, monthly E-newsletters, and much more! You'll also be first to learn about news going on at the facility.

If there's a dolphin or sea lion you bonded with on your visit or you want to get to know our family, head over to the Our Animal Family portion of the DRC website.

As a nonprofit, Dolphin Research Center relies on our guests, members and donors to give our animal family members the best care possible. Thank you for keeping up with the family.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Happy Birthday, Reese

Today, we're celebrating Reese's second birthday! A typical two year old boy, Reese loves to people watch, play with toys, and do a variety of behaviors he's learned from copying his mom, Santini. Right now, his favorite one his "shark" where he imitates the way in which a shark swims - side to side.

Want to buy Reese a bucket of fish for his birthday? Head on over to our website. You can also adopt him. Your 100% tax-deductable donation will help us to buy them fish and vitamins, provide them with medical care, and maintain their beautiful natural seawater lagoons in the Gulf of Mexico.

Happy Birthday, Reese. We love you!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Manatee Rescue Team of the Florida Keys

Did you know that Dolphin Research Center is the Manatee Rescue Team for the Florida Keys?

If you see an injured, dead, harassed or orphaned manatee please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-888-404-3922.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Happy Birthday, Santini!

Join us in celebrating the beautiful Santini's 28th Birthday! Santini is half sister to Merina, Aleta and Talon, and the mother of Tanner and Reese. She loves the spotlight and commands attention when she soars on her dives and flips. A founder of our Dolphin Encounter swim program, “Tina” is exceptionally gentle and adaptive towards guests with special needs. An avid sports fisherman, Santini catches live fish in her lagoon then gives them to trainers in trade for herring!  Santini enjoys participating in programs and showing off her beautiful athletic behaviors.

DRC's resident "Teacher's Pet", Santini would love you to help continue our dedication to promoting peaceful coexistence, cooperation and communication between marine mammals and humans and the environment through research and education by signing up for a DRC membership. As a nonprofit organization that relies on our members, donors, interactive programs,and guests to provide the best care for the dolphins and sea lions, our memberships give you an inside look into the families world via our bi-monthly newsletters and monthly electronic updates. 

Thank you for joining us in celebrating Santini's birthday!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving


What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Birthday, Tursi!

The first successful calf born on the Dolphin Research Center grounds was this beautiful lady. Today, Tursi is celebrating her 41st birthday! Join us in celebrating her day.

Tursi is the daughter of two “Flipper” dolphins who starred in the original movies. Her name is derived from her species, Tursiops truncatus. Tursi is DRC’s “Super Mom” and is a protective mom to Talon, Pax, Gypsi and Gambit. In addition to raising kids, she helps raise new trainers, teaching them who is really in charge! Tursi is a spectacular athlete, and her claim to fame is her “screaming dive” – a high leap with a celebratory “Yah” at the peak! Proving that the Flipper genetics are strong, all of Tursi's children are equally as athletic. 

As it is part of our philosophy to provide a forever home to marine mammals who are born here or came to the facilities for various reasons, this is the only home Tursi has ever known. We think of ourselves as one big family here at DRC, with Tursi being the nurturing mom we love dearly.

If you'd like to buy this Flipper daughter a bucket of fish or adopt her today, you'll be helping DRC continue its mission of promoting peaceful coexistence, cooperation and communication between marine mammals and humans and the environment through research and education. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Object Permanence

Find out what we learned about the dolphins ability to understand object permanence in Dolphin Research Center's published research study. "What do Dolphins Understand about Hidden Objects" was published by the prestigious scientific journal "Animal Cognition".