Saturday, June 24, 2006
Ocean & Dolphin Updates
On June 16th Bush designated the Northwestern Hawaii Islands the United States 75th National Monument…making this area the world’s biggest ocean preserve and this law the single largest act of ocean conservation in history. Now if the harmfull-to-marine-life "sonar" could be locked out, that would be REALLY something!
On a happier note, I received mail from my colleague Dr. Horace Dobbs who is the longtime Honorary Director of International Dolphin Watch notifying me that all of their future correspondence will be conducted via home based computers as of December 2006. Their new website is already up and running: www.dolphinfriend.com, and donations for their wonderful projects would be greatly appreciated.
International Dolphin Watch is an English nonprofit organization which has been around since 1978 with conservation, research, recreation, education, strandings, and healings projects PLUS dolphin books and goodies in their online Dolphin Shop. Dr. Dobbs has written four dolphin books for children– the Dilo Collection which are beautifully illustrated, charming and educational.
The project that fascinates me is their Dilo Dome. This is (quoting from their brochure) "a lightweight, igloo shaped structure of translucent, turquoise plastic with inflatable ribs, approximately 2 metres in diameter. Mobile children can enter via a short tunnel, or a loose flap that also acts as an escape hatch. The dome, which has an open base, can easily be lifted on and off children confined to bed, or placed over children with limited mobility on the ground. Panels in the dome are decorated with colouful images of Dilo the dolphin, and/or pictures on adhesive backings that can be changed at will. These are illuminated from outside by natural or artificial light-like stained glass windows. This gives children inside the Dome the sensation they are with Dilo. The Dilo Dome can be filled with sea and dolphin sounds from external speakers, or from internal battery powered tape/CD players." Doesn’t this sound like a wonderful invention and learning/healing tool for children?It’s still in prototype form, and I’m positive they could use donations for this worthy project.
"The Dilo Dome is a continuation of Operation Sunflower, a long term research project into the healing power of dolphins commenced by IDW in 1986." For more information, contact them at www.idw.org and ask for Jackie Connell, the person heading up the project.
Posted by Kuanyin Moi at Saturday, June 24, 2006
Thursday, June 08, 2006
World Ocean Day Today
Today is an important day for this is World Ocean Day. Most of you are aware that our beautiful ocean is in the midst of a huge crisis with multiple issues threatening it and the many species that make the ocean their home. Sonar, fishing methods, whaling and slaughtering of dolphins, contamination from many sources, overfishing and krill disappearing are some of the major threats that are needed to make a quick turn-around if we are to continue to turn to the ocean for quality food and healthy dolphin and whale familes. Today is a day to celebrate the ocean. Take a break from what you’re doing and send the ocean some love and gratitude today through prayer, meditation or whatever means you employ.
If you feel charitable, a wonderful organization to donate to is Oceana at www.oceana.org. Their motto is Protecting The World’s Oceans.
Posted by Kuanyin Moi at Thursday, June 08, 2006
Tribe Wanted & FoundI have been intrigued with the news story about the new tribe forming on a Fijian Isle. Since authoring the nonfiction book "Dolphin Tribe" in 1993, I have noticed that the word "tribe" has become increasingly popular as I foresaw it would. Thus, this big news story is fascinating to me as I watch history unfold.
For those that might have missed this current news story, let me give you a head’s up: two twenty-something British entrepreneurs decided to cash in on the Survivor television phenomena. They envisioned a 5,000 member online "global tribe" inhabiting and interacting on an idyllic Fijian island. So what did they do? They advertised, of course! They asked for three different membership levels, priced at $220,$440 and $660 a year for those who would want to take up part time residence on this island. The fee would entitle the members to spend one, two or three weeks annually on the island with 100 others at a time. For those that aren’t physically present and are just playing online, they will participate while away from the island as the "headquarters" with voting rights.
The two visionaries, Ben Keene and Mark James, signed a three year lease on a 200-acre Fijian Island called Vorovoro and launched their website: tribewanted.com They have already covered the lease price with the membership fees, and people are clamoring to get in on the action. The tribe is open to anyone 18 and older, and there will be a range of different ages in the tribal mix. Yes, a documentary is in the works called Tribal TV, natch! Stay tuned to watch the action and read more about this tribal experiment. I know I will be!
Posted by Kuanyin Moi at Thursday, June 08, 2006
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
I am not a huge fan of Carl Sagan, but I think he was onto something when he wrote this: "It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English–up to fifty words used in correct context–no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese."
Certainly I have seen many try to channel a dolphin, or so they wanted their audience to believe. One such channel pretended as if his feet were glued together and spoke in an high-pitched voice with lots of pseudo dolphin-like clicks added in for drama. He was quite successful in the Los Angeles area for a period of time, and he merrily confided to me that he was faking it. He had his act down pat, and so if you saw him perform at any of the large expos, he would inevitably speak the exact same words with the same pauses for laughs from the audience. He made a good living with his channeling of a master dolphin for a period of time.
Another female channel would do her best to demonstrate and channel "dolphinese" to her audience, but her high frequency squeaks were quite painful to hear. Those that weren’t rolling their eyes heavenward or covering their ears were usually rolling on the floor in hysterical laughter.
However, these funny-folk were back in the early days of charlatan channeling Perhaps by now, someone is actually speaking dolphinese. If so, let me know. I will be most interested.
Posted by Kuanyin Moi at Tuesday, June 06, 2006