The project aims to add to the study carried out by the Dolphin Watch Alliance carried
out in the Hurghada region of the Red Sea.
The group that has been working since 2004 has already identified more than 160 dolphins
in the area. Our partnership commits us to identify the groups before getting into
the water (identification forms to fill in). Thereafter, if conditions permit, we
will try to take images of the dolphins in order to have updated data on the fins
of each individual. The images will be forwarded to the local scientists and help
them in their research. The program is already in place and one of the most advanced
of its kind and will in future certainly be the most cutting edge and richest in
cetology. For the first time the behavior of dolphins are really studied underwater
and the new discoveries already made provide a new dimension to all the studies already
carried out worldwide.
The “Immersion with dolphins” experience asks participants to engage in the program
by taking underwater pictures of dolphins if possible.
The participant has to respect the choices of the dolphin and has to avoid harassment.
Swimming in crawl style is prohibited, proximity to the dolphin is only allowed on
the dolphin’ initiative and the rest phases of the dolphin have to be quickly recognized
and respected. It is forbidden to touch the animal, unless of course, if it chooses
contact itself and the diver cannot move avoid contact.
A certain diving etiquette has to be followed during these experiences. This respect
towards the animal is of utmost importance to me and has been for over 20 years.