It’s that time of year again! The dates June 1 – November 30th ring clearly in the minds of all Floridians as the mark of the dreaded hurricane season. The time of year when we all become best friends with the Weather Channel and experience an increase in blood pressure at the sight of Jim Cantore. Names such as Irma, Dorian, Wilma, Katrina, Andrew, and Donna strike fear in the hearts of our communities. After several years of unforgiving storms and devastating hurricanes, it’s no wonder we are all classically conditioned to be trepidatious at the formation of any disturbance off the coast of Africa. We are all now certified as novice meteorologists and have learned to celebrate Sahara dust and seek out Home Depot sales for flashlights, batteries, and generators.
My husband, me, and my daughter in my ultimate happy place.
Nancy, How did you end up as the President of DPMMR?
There are no dolphins in Kentucky.
Topics: Just For Fun
Ever dreamed of swimming with dolphins? You’re not alone. It’s possible to get lucky on any given beach day and find yourself in close-range of wild dolphins in Florida. But nothing compares to experiencing these majestic and amazing creatures up close. That's where Dolphin Plus Marine Mammal Responder comes into play.
Curiosity seems to be an inherent part of human nature. For millennia, humans have sought to answer questions of the unknown: What is this? Where are we? Who are we? Through history, scientists have been the intrepid voyagers that quest to find answers to these questions. However, the quest for knowledge is only half the battle. What good are the spoils of discovery, if they’re not shared?
If you’ve been to DPMMR, you know that our Key Largo dolphins are the driving force behind our research and support for marine life and conservation.
Being able to interact with these amazing marine mammals grows our love for them and respect for our environment. As one visitor said, “I would recommend if you have any opportunity, this is the place to go and I hope that everyone can interact with these incredible creatures.” But what makes these creatures so incredible? Read more to find out! Below, you can learn more about three of our dolphins and see just what endears them to us and everyone else who gets to interact with them.
Ocean wildlife is in danger. Aquatic animals are falling prey to bycatch at a startling rate. But what is bycatch, and how can we help? Bycatch occurs when fishermen unintentionally catch a species that wasn’t their specific target. The most common cause of bycatch is the use of fishing gear that pulls in mass quantities of seafood at a time, such as longlines and bottom trawls. Hook-and-line fishing is a much more environmentally conscious method of catching fish because if an unwanted species is caught, it can easily be released immediately.
Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder is the only whale and dolphin rescue organization in the Florida Keys and our area of coverage spans 10,000 square miles of marine habitat. We have a mission of conserving and protecting marine mammals through our research, education and outreach programs. We happily pursue this mission alongside and with the support of the local Keys community and we celebrated this collaboration at our inaugural Connect to Protect Gala on May 4th, 2019!
Topics: Animal Welfare