Eric Demay, born in Toulouse, was the founder and President of the “DOLPHY Observatory”
between 1992 and 1995 and the “TursiopsGroup” since 1993. He has been working with
dolphins since his first encounters with the cetaceans of Bunbury (Western Australia),
in 1992. This is where it all begins. His special relationship with the wild dolphins
allows him to work in the nursing staff at the DOLPHIN DISCOVERY CENTRE, where he
mainly looks after the female Sarana. This first trip to Australia later takes him
to Monkey Mia where he helps the rangers of Shark Bay, Coral Bay and Coff Harbour
where he takes care of dolphins in captivity.
He then returns to France and works as researcher for the monitoring, protection
and studies of the Dolphy dolphin at GECEM research group (Research Group of the
Cetaceans of the Mediterranean) in Collioure between 1992 and 1995. He lives with
this dolphin 24/7 for almost three years. He monitors the dolphin and learns a lot
about the so-called “ambassador” dolphins through their interaction.
Since then, Eric Demay has swum with several hundred dolphins in all the oceans of
the world. He becomes specialist in ambassador dolphins: Dolphy, of course, but also
Fanny and Jean-Floch in France, and Nicky Piccolo, Surprise, Puck, Sarana, Tangles
Holeyfin in Australia…
He also swims with other species, some of which are hard to approach, such as shark
whales, Dugongs, Manta Rays, Sea Lions, humpback whales, blue whales…
Several French and Japan TVs shows show his interactions with cetacean (Ushuaïa,
La marche du siècle, Ecolo6, Plein les yeux, journal 13,20h de TF1, FR2, FR3, NHK
In 1996, he directs his first documentary with Jean-Marc Barr (The Big Blue): “Homme
et dauphin: Mode d’emploi”. The documentary wins the first prize at the international
festival of Ilckirch in 1997. It is filmed in France, Spain, the US, Australia and
the Bahamas with so-called “ambassador” dolphins and with US navy dolphins in Florida.
In cooperation with the Oceanographic Institute of Embiez, in 2000 he observes the
behavior of a group of « blue and white » dolphins that entered the harbor. He saves
the life of a dolphin by removing a hook stuck in its mouth, as depicted on the TV
channels TF1, FR3 and TMC.
Since then, Eric Demay, author of several books on dolphins and cetaceans, such as
« L’homme qui parlait aux dauphins » (The dolphin whisperer), « Die Botschaft der
Delfine » (The message of the dolphins), « Dauphins, baleines et cachalots » (Dolphins,
whales and toothed whales), has met dolphins all around the world (Australia, Bahamas,
Japan, Polynesia, Zanzibar...) and shares his skills with various scientific groups.