The dolphin experience :
TURSIOPS (non profit organization), created in 1993, studies the behaviors of dolphins and in particular the so-
The new project called “Immersion with dolphins” aims to monitor several groups of dolphins in the Red Sea that are particularly interacting with humans. Written observations are made during the encounters in order to participate in the study program that the “Dolphin Watch Alliance” conducts since 2004. In addition, video footage is routinely taken for the “TURSIOPS Group” to record human-
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The “TURSIOPS Group” organizes these missions with Tursiops aduncus dolphins. These “eco-
In the Red Sea there is a 90% chance of meeting dolphins, which to my belief is the area that offers the best opportunity to meet with the ceteceans. If they don’t sleep, often the dolphins actually come our way and seek play. My idea is to systematically meet with dolphins in the water and thereby accepting their way of life. I do not envisage meeting with animals without putting ourselves at their level; we have to accept to share their everyday life in their habitat and we have to think of ourselves as honored guests. We have to adapt. This way, the animals will feel more comfortable and real interaction can be built. You therefore have to enter the water! We have life vests on the boat for people who feel insecure in open water. I am taking HD underwater photos and videos, especially during the interactions. The other images are shared with the local scientists and you can also participate to this study with your footage. More than 160 dolphins have been recorded and photographically identified but there could be new dolphins or newborn dolphins, and the photo identification of the fins regularly have to be updated as they change over time.
I did not choose to work with dolphins by accident. I have met a lot of these animals almost everywhere in the world and it required favorable conditions for real encounters: easy contact with dolphins, warm waters and good underwater visibility.
The dolphins of the Hurghada region which we study belong to the Tursiops aduncus species with whom there is a high possibility of communication via play or other means. The Tursiops, at least those that I know personally, often come to meet and engage with us. Nevertheless, a group may refuse contact due to vital reasons (sleep, hunting, education, caring of newborns…). This has to be respected of course. These cetaceans really seek contact, which can lead to extraordinary situations. On my first day with them at the “Dolphin’s House” spot, a female dolphin brought me a piece of coral that she had fetched at the bottom of the sea.
This situation repeated itself with another dolphin during my second stay. During the “BIG BLUE” experience that I organized in Hurghada in April 2013, two dolphins brought corals and shellfish to the participants!
During the week on the boat we will move from lagoon to lagoon looking for dolphins.
At the Hurghada resorts, everything is available and at Egyptian prices! The shops are open 24/24, the pharmacies are well equipped and there are several supermarkets where you will find everything, while diving shops also offer very good material.
If you would like to take personal photo or video souvenirs, we recommend that you bring a small waterproof camera that will do nicely. GoPro waterproof cameras are great for this kind of experience. The videos on the internet from previous experiences have been taken with GoPro cameras. They are somewhat expensive but certainly worth it!
Please avoid bringing large luggage as they are difficult to squeeze into the boat, and try to bring soft bags.