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Irishdolphins international conference in support of interactive dolphins
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Suzanne Chisholm - Mike Parfit Suzanne Chisholm - Mike Parfit
Saving Luna is a story about a wild orca that tries to make friends with people on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. SAVING LUNA is the title of both a book and a film that tell this story by husband and wife team Michael Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm.
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Terry Whittaker Terry Whittaker
Wildlife photographer based in Folkestone, Kent.
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Amanda Stafford Amanda Stafford
Founder of The Dolphin Connection and has spent many years exploring her fascination with dolphins and the marine environment.
Presenting Topic: Boat-based dolphin encounters: towards a win-win model for both dolphins and swimmers?
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David Day David Day
zoologist/cameraman, currently specialising in interactive dolphins having filmed Dusty, Dony, Dave and Jean Floch. He plans to add Fungie and Duggie to this list during the trip to the conference.
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Dr Jason Cressey Dr Jason Cressey
Psychologist, motivational coach and facilitator of cetacean encounters all over the planet!
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Dr Monika Wilke Dr Monika Wilke
Her PhD on interactive dolphins was inspired by her many hours observing and swimming with Dolphy and Fanny in the south of France. Also a specialist in Communications Training.
Presenting Topic: Life changing dolphins: fact or fiction?
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Dr Toni Frohoff Dr Toni Frohoff
Marine mammal biologist and solitary cetacean specialist. Editor of "Between Species" and co-author of the "Dolphin Mysteries"
Presenting Topic: "Friendly Dolphins Around the World: Many Species, Many Cultures"
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Edgar Hoffman Edgar Hoffman
Edgar followed the call of the dolphins to the Red Sea, and stayed to meet his future wife and bring up his children in a Bedouin fishing village.
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Frédérique Pichard Frédérique Pichard
Healer, dreamer, mother of three and founder of the "Institut Dony" (Dony Institute) for the study and protection of Irish emigré dolphin Dony.
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Gauthier Chapelle
Brussels-based marine biologist, director and co-founder of Biomimicry Europa. Closely involved with Dony, and no stranger either to Jean Floc'h and Dusty.
Presenting Topic: "Dony : Ethnologist or ambassador, reflections from a biologist"
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Graham Timmins ( Graham Timmins (
co-founder of; wordsmith, linguist, perfectionist and idealist!
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Leah Lemieux Leah Lemieux
Author of REKINDLING THE WATERS: The Truth about Swimming with Dolphins.
Presenting Topic: The Dangers of Disconnection: Can Interactive Dolphins Help Us to Respectfully Rediscover Our Severed Ties with Nature?
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Margaux Dodds Margaux Dodds
Co-founder of the UK charity Marine Connection.
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Ruth Corner Ruth Corner
Runs the eco-tourism company "Wild and Free" and has long experience with the dolphins at Marsa Alam, Egypt
More information is dedicated to giving accurate information about 'friendly' or sociable wild dolphins (and whales) around the coastal waters of Ireland - i.e., those cetaceans who from time to time choose to interact with humans.. Dolphins include Fungie the Dingle Dolphin, Dony and Dusty.