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The Conference - conclusions

The IrishDolphins international conference in support of interactive dolphins was an extremely positive, rewarding and educational three days for all involved.

Links, bonds and friendships have been formed, and dialog has started between the disparate groups that have involvement with interactive dolphins. There was also a wonderful cameo by Fungie and friends and an excess of dolphins in the area during conference week [read more]

Below is a list of presenters and topics that were covered during the conference:

  • Some interactive dolphin behaviour (Ute Margref)
  • Dolphins and the need to respectfully reconnect with nature (Leah Lemieux)
  • Is there a diference between "English" sociable dolphins and "Irish" ones? (Margaux Dodds / Terry Whittaker)
  • Boat-based dolphins encounters: towards a win-win model for both dolphins and swimmers? (Amanda Stafford / Ruth Corner)
  • Friendly dolphins around the world: many species, many cultures (Dr Toni Frohoff)
  • Life-changing dolphins: fact or fiction? (Dr Monika Wilke)
  • The psychology of dolphin and whale encounters: why have we been wanting to get close and personal for ages? (Dr Jason Cressey)
  • Dangerous to dolphins: snorkels or propellers? (Graham Timmins)
  • Why do some interactive dolphins show behaviour which has been labelled as aggressive? (Edgar Hoffman)
  • Dony: ethnologist or ambassador? Reflections from a biologist, and a healer (Gauthier Chapelle / Frederique Pichard)

Some other conference highlights:

  • Film: Saving Luna (Suzanne Chisholm / Mike Parfit)
  • Film: The Last Giants of Europe (Birgitta & Armin Mück)
  • Dolphin Vision Quest (Dr Jason Cressey)
Date Posted: 16/05/2008
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