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On October 10th, we will be skating 10 miles in a virtual race to support the Dolphin Project.
Date: Saturday, October 10th
Time: Arriving 9:00am, skating by 9:30am
Where: Flatwoods Park in Tampa (paved trail)
Distance: 10 miles (or however long if you want to keep going!)
The Dolphin Project seeks to raise awareness about dolphin captivity & exploitation. You may be familiar with the 2009 documentary, The Cove. Sadly, practices of rounding up & capturing wild dolphins for sale or slaughter are still in place today.
Where possible, the Dolphin Project seeks to rehabilitate rescued dolphins at their newly established Rehab, Release & Retirement center in Bali. They also work with other organizations in order to broker safe places for rescued dolphins to recuperate and rehabilitate.
Believe it or not, dolphins are rescued from aquariums for a number of reasons: sub-par or dangerous conditions such as heavily chlorinated pools, contaminanted / poorly maintained pools, and improper care & diet. In some cases, the dolphins have been abandoned altogether, left to fend for themselves in a pool with no resources.
We hope you will consider sponsoring us in our virutal race, but more importantly, we hope you will visit dolphinproject.com to read more about their efforts to end dolphin hunting & captivity around the world.
**** Fun Facts About Dolphins! ****
~ Dolphins are very intelligent...
~ Dolphins can recognize themselves in the mirror as young as seven months. For comparison, humans begin to self-recognize around 12 months. Besides humans, only bottlenose dolphins, chimpanzees, elephants and magpies have been shown to recognize themselves in a mirror.
~ Some dolphin species use distinct names for one another - they are identifiable, individual whistles sometimes known as signature whistles. Dolphins use their names to identify and call one another.
~ Dolphins greet one another at sea by exchanging their names and seem to remember the names of other dolphins for decades.
~ Dolphins love to play. They can be seen chasing each other through the waves, or even playing catch by tossing things back & forth to one another.
~ Dolphins are deep thinkers. Their brains contain specialized brain cells called spindle neurons. These are associated with advanced abilities such as recognising, remembering, reasoning, communicating, perceiving, adapting to change, problem-solving and understanding.
~ A dolphin's limbic system, the part of the brain that processes emotion, is said to be more complex than that of humans.