The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction. - Rachel Carson
Dolphin research conducted through the Wild Dolphin Foundation focuses on the potential impacts and benefits of dolphin-human interaction through the following projects:
WDF's Heather Hill was in Taiji with Save Japan Dolphins!
Thousands of dolphins migrate along the coast of Taiji, and a small group of dolphin fishermen are killing over 18,000 every year. Many Japanese citizens are either unaware of this, or too afraid to speak up. Activists from all over the world travel to Taiji between September and March, the slaughter season, to protest and more importantly document the daily killing to broadcast to the world via the internet.
Our Wild Dolphin Foundation volunteer, Heather, is in Japan to help with the efforts to end the slaughter for good. Donations will help keep her in Taiji for much longer than she alone can afford, up to 3 months. The WDF will match all donations made up to $1,000. Follow Heather's first hand accounts at "My Porpoise Driven Life"
Approximately 2,000 dolphins are killed every year within the cove, and video taken by activists proves the dolphins die slow and painful deaths.
The Japanese claim this is a tradition, however they go to extremes to hide the slaughter from the public and keep it out of the media.
The slaughter is financially fueled by the captivity industry. A live dolphin brings in far more money than a dead dolphin.
Before the slaughter takes place, dolphin trainers visit the cove & select the most attractive individuals for display. The rest are killed for meat..
We are sure there are very few people with this kind of dedication (it's not like Heather can afford this any more than the next person), or ability (can stomach!) to witness first hand the slaughter of these self-aware and sentient beings. But we can stand behind Heather in spirit by:
- Donate, make $5, $10, or whatever you feel motivated to give and WDF will match it. Dollar for dollar.
- Be creative, such as list WDF as a charity in your EBay listings or buy items currently listed as donating a portion of the proceeds to WDF
- Remember - NO Thanks to Tanks, don't buy a ticket to ANY dolphinarium...
- Follow updates @ the Wild Dolphin Foundation Facebook page.
Marine Wildlife Observation and Data Entry
Years of data has been opportunistically collected through videos and logs, through both shipboard and shore observations. Detailed information on year-round distribution, seasonal abundance and interannual trends of a given species is essential for any conservation effort.
Dolphin Photo ID: WDF obtains photo identifications from marine mammals in the field to study the population parameters of the coastal dolphins. Currently the majority of these photos are submitted to Cascadia Research Collective for cataloging and conservation efforts.
Documentation of the Dolphin's Habitat
Native Hawaiians have long recognized the interconnection between the land and the ocean, and the universal value of "Aloha `Aina" and "Malama ke Kai" loving and caring for the land and the ocean. Pacific cultures are based on a high level of environmental awareness. The relationship of people to land and of people to sea is spiritual and religious. When tourism takes away the land, the fishing grounds, or the right to gather food or medicine the Hawaiian loses a primary means of livelihood and more important meaning in life.
Very few people see themselves as living in an important time in history it's only on retrospect that we can see and value the power of the moment. If we could see a glimpse of an ordinary day when life was sustained in harmony with the land and the sea wouldn't that enrich our present day lives?
Our Voluntourism and Volunteer programs do just that...
WDF is seeking collboration to integrat the local marine environment and connection into curricula at schools and on developing and implementing projects that will have benefits for the children and their communities. We hope to reach as many kids as we can so that sustainability and stewardship of the coastline's marine life becomes 'second nature' for these students and their parents. Please drop us a line with your ideas!
The Dolphin's Habitat
REEF Survey and Reef Check: The spinner dolphin's daytime habitat is located in sandy areas surrounded by coral reefs. WDF heads the Leeward Oahu Reef Check, a community-based monitoring protocol designed to measure the health of coral reefs (and thus their surrounding habitat) on a global scale. REEF Survey monitors the fish sharing the dolphins habitat. What effects the reef and its inhabitants will also affect the dolphins. WDF will be hosting Oahu's 2nd Great Annual Fish Count on Oahu in July.