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Hello! My name is Bob Spillman (Dr Bob). Join me as I travel to Greece to study Dolphins on an Earthwatch Expedition!


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Monday, July 12, 2010

Get Involved

This is my final post and I simply want to point the reader to the vast array of educational resources that document the perils that dolphins, and other sea life, face in our oceans.  The best place to learn about the dolphins is at the Earthwatch site that is dedicated to the dolphin project:

http://www.earthwatch.org/

You can search their site for the many items it contains on dolphins, as well as other perils the earth faces.  I've picked a couple of their sites that were of particular interest to me.  The first is a post reporting the sighting of a dolphin well known to the staff.  From that blog one can link to summaries of the other volunteer teams that spent time in the Mediterranean.

http://www.earthwatch.org/europe/newsroom/science/news-3-newborn.html

The link to the blog summary of the trip I was on is:

http://dolphinsinabottle.blogspot.com/
Scroll down to the trip dated May 3 - June 6.  You can read all of the volunteer comments on the trip.


The overview of the Earthwatch trip is at:
http://www.earthwatch.org/europe/exped/bearzi.html
This is the place to go if you have an interest in participating in a future expedition.


A broad overview of the dolphin project, with links to specific videos is found at:
http://www.tethys.org/projects/IDP/index.htm
It discusses the techniques and presents some of the data that is taken.  There are also some good photos and educational videos.  The links to the videos are at the bottom of the page.  One of these videos highlights the Earthwatch team in action:  http://www.cetaceanalliance.org/dolphinpeople/index.htm


One of the links takes one to a useful documentary of the "Disappearing Dolphins, along with additional informative links:  http://www.whaletrackers.com/whales-mediterranean-sea/disappearing-dolphins/
One of these informative links discusses the "illegal fishnet industry," : http://www.whaletrackers.com/whales-mediterranean-sea/fishy-business/
I certainly have a different view of "industrial fishing" after learning what these fishnets do to our oceans.  This is a good place to start in any effort to save the dolphin, and one in which Earthwatch is active.


I happened to come across a recent article in the New Scientist that also covers the dolphin's challenges:  http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20727683.100-dolphin-tracking-in-a-giant-greek-bathtub.html


The New Scientist also had a recent article on the blue fin tuna and the failure of nations to agree on measures to protect this rapidly declining fish.  It is a good example of how difficult it is to secure productive political involvement on matters of conservation.  When economic or national interests are at risk, it is the wildlife that loses:  http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2010/03/bye-bye-bluefin.html


Please take a more active role in helping the dolphins.  Donations, writing to politicians, and volunteering can make a difference.  It has to.  And thanks again to the donor who made this trip possible for me.  It was very much appreciated and has reinvigorated my goal of helping the planet.

Bob

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