Dancing Dolphin Journal

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

He Sees With Sound

There is a very interesting article in the latest People magazine of July 24 titled "The Boy Who Sees With Sound". His name is Ben Underwood, and his story is not only amazing– it’s very touching and prophetic. I feel we will be hearing more about children like Ben in the future! His ability to use echolocation is going to ignite and inspire others, and who knows…there may be others like Ben that have yet to be discovered.

Ben is blind, and he uses echolocation to get around in his world like the dolphins do in water. Here are a few quotes about his ability from the article: "His skills are rare," says Dan Kish, a blind psychologist and leading teacher of echomobility among the blind. "Ben pushes the limits of human perception."

Ben does all the things normal kids do, and he says, "Being blind is not that different from not being blind." He taught himself echolocation at age 3.
Recently Ben visited San Diego’s Sea World Adventure Park to swim with the dolphins. He spent 45 minutes with a bottlenose dolphin called Sandy "touching her teeth and stroking her dorsal fin." He also studied how the dolphins use echolocation. "He’s got a gift with dolphins; he’s truly unique," says McMains, the supervisor of Sea World’s dolphin program.

When I read this article, I became excited about the possibility of Ben (and others with his gift) unlocking the code of communication between our two species and paving the way to initiate the dolphin-human dialogue.

Posted by Kuanyin Moi at Wednesday, July 26, 2006 0 Comments

Monday, July 10, 2006

So True... So True

"Man has always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reason." -Douglas Noel Adams, author of "Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Posted by Kuanyin Moi at Monday, July 10, 2006 0 Comments

Thursday, July 06, 2006

A Maui Gathering

Recently I was invited to attend a showing of a breathtaking new film titled "The Gathering…Return of the Whale Dreamers". Directed by Kim Kindersley and featuring dolphins, whales and a selection of indigenous tribes from around the world, this documentary makes a powerful, touching statement to what is happening to our kindred, the dolphins and whales.

You can procure a copy and/or make a donation at either of these two websites: www.whaledreamers.com or www.heartmagic.net
The Canadian director Jonathon Kay is also working on a dolphin film that I look forward to viewing. It is titled, "Na Nai’a: The Dolphins". You can check out his promo and progress here: www.dolphinmovie.com

I would like to see more spiritual cetacean films in theaters, on television and in DVD format because I believe these films are very healing and trigger remembrance. The dolphins and whales want us to "remember" as I stated in my 1993 book "Dolphin Tribe…Remembering the Human-Dolphin Connection". These films artfully nudge our soul memories and revitalize our activism to protect our oceans and these magnificent angels of the sea. With the mounting evidence of the degradation and pollution of our oceans and the continued slaughter and mistreatment of the whales and dolphins, we need these films to be seen by as many as possible so solutions can be created…SOON!!

Posted by Kuanyin Moi at Thursday, July 06, 2006 0 Comments