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A Rare Opportunity to Name a Wild Dolphin

The Dolphin Communication Project is auctioning off a rare opportunity to provide a name for three wild dolphins this holiday season.

Old Mystic, CT, December 01, 2008 --( The Dolphin Communication Project (DCP) – a non-profit research organization – is offering the public a unique chance to name one of the wild Atlantic spotted dolphins found near Bimini Island, The Bahamas. This group of wild dolphins lives year round in the crystal clear waters surrounding Bimini, and has attracted the attention of both tourists and scientists for decades. DCP has selected three unnamed dolphins from their catalog of Bimini dolphins to participate in a Name-A-Dolphin auction hosted on eBay.

The three auctions will be held in time for the holiday season: November 28th to December 7th, December 7th to 14th, and December 14th to 21st. The third and final auction will include a special “Search for Your Dolphin: Expedition Bimini” travel package in addition to the standard Name-A-Dolphin package.

Since 2001, DCP has been filming the Bimini dolphins both above and below the water in order to learn more about their behavior and social structure. Each dolphin is identified by unique spot patterns and scars, allowing the research team to recognize individuals.

"As individual dolphins are sighted more regularly, and we are able to identify them with ease, they are entered into our permanent ID database " said Kathleen Dudzinski, Director of the Dolphin Communication project. “The trick is picking out a name that fits their unique personalities."

You can learn more about the individual dolphins involved in the Name-A-Dolphin auction by visiting the DCP website at, or by visiting the first auction currently live on eBay at this link.

About the Dolphin Communication Project:
The Dolphin Communication Project (DCP) is focused on the dual goals of scientific research and education. The DCP team funnels research results into engaging and lively educational programs for kids of all ages, and provides the public with a chance to join them and their scientific research through internship, ecotour and volunteer opportunities. DCP’s research concentrates primarily on dolphin communication, social behavior and cognition. The director of DCP, Dr. Kathleen Dudzinski, starred in the Academy Award nominated IMAX film, Dolphins.

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