On her wild dolphin swim boat trips, Roberta brings her passengers into the midst of the spinner dolphin pods along the coastline. Guests receive tips in techniques and guidelines for entering the water with the pods, establishing respect and trust between the humans and dolphins. Her “Dolphin Secrets” prepare guests with the basics of communication with the dolphins. Every day, guests experience natural behaviors and games from breathtaking numbers of dolphins in close proximity. Some guests conquer fear of deep ocean water for the reward of watching dolphins play right under them as they float calmly at the surface. Other guests go on the swim of a lifetime, keeping a slow pace along the shore within the pod of frolicking dolphins.
Roberta’s career began in 1980 as a research assistant. She spent five years researching dolphin communication, then, as research director for the renowned Dr. John Lilly, she began the release effort with the Human/Dolphin Foundation’s dolphins Joe and Rosie.
Since 1985, Roberta has spent many more hours with dolphins, only in the wild. Her communication research continues during daily trips to the pods in Hawaii. Through stories of both captive and wild dolphins, Roberta demonstrates the reasoning behind considering cetaceans as persons with culture, sentience, exceptional intelligence, and rights. One day, she says, we will understand the wisdom of the dolphins as we now understand the wisdom of indigenous peoples.
Roberta’s vision is to combine her captive and wild dolphin knowledge and experience into a center for the readaptation of previously captive dolphins back to the sea. Tanks to Sea is her long-term rehabilitation research and documentation project.
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