My troop participated in the Dozing with Dolphins program this weekend. It was a lot of fun. The program was at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, MS. They rescue dolphins and also sea turtles there. We learned about how they rescue animals and also about how they cleaned them after the Gulf oil spill.
On Friday we had different activities, and each group went to each activity at a different time. My group started with the dolphin rescue relay, which was a relay race where we had to check a stuffed dolphin's pulse, cover it with a towel, spray it with water, and carry it in a rescue sling. Later that night we watched the movie A Dolphin's Tale which showed the same steps in it. Next we sifted through sand to find fossilized teeth. We also used a Japanese art process to make t-shirts. Our favorite activity on Friday was the Discovery room. There we touched sting rays, horseshoe crabs, starfish, a shark, and blue crabs in tanks. We also touched a snake.
On Saturday, we saw a dolphin demonstration with trainers and a sea lion. It was really interesting to see how the trainers communicated with the animals. My troop also talked with a trainer about their bird program. My troop used our cookie money to pay for a dolphin interaction after Dozing with Dolphins had ended. That was really a lot of fun, too.
-- Press Rep Claire