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How I made the Dolphins Dance - Interspecies Communications

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Posted by Peter Rosen on June 17, 1999 at 17:25:06:


Besides being founder of Creativity Cafe; a "New School For the Next
Millennium," I am a musician who has discovered interspecies communication
first hand. Specifically, I have drawn Dolphins to me to dance and
interact: I put the head of my guitar against the aquarium glass and play a
strong rhythm. Dolphins are drawn to put their sensing apparatus against
the other side of the glass and "dance" to my music. When I draw the head
of the guitar up the side of the glass, its as if I have a magnet...the
dolphins follow. They remain positioned with their sensor in contact with
the vibrating glass directly opposite my guitar. I move up and down the
glass and the dolphin follows like iron filings on a magnet with paper in
between. So far two out of three of my "jaw dropping" performances have
delighted onlookers and precipated such activity at two different

Let me know if you would like to plan a demo with me for your network? You
would have to make the arrangements with nearby (to San Francisco or Maui,
Hawaii) aquariums for this to happen most conveniently with me. I am open
to performance opportunities in other locations as well.

-Peter H. Rosen-

At 9:39 AM 6/17/99, Or Cingilli wrote:
>We currently offer video conferences on animals we can bring to the
>camera (a list follows) and on careers in aquatic and marine biology.
>Both instances feature an Aquarium Educator interacting with your class
>and answering questions about the topics. We can adjust the conference,
>for example, to a focus on reptiles or amphibians with two or three
>animals representing the group. No more than three animals can be used
>for any conference.
>Usually the conference follows an ask-the-expert format or after
>previously researching the animal (s), children have prepared questions
>for our educators. I like to have a pre-conference test linkup to make
>sure all is working well. When scheduling a conference, we need two
>weeks notice (the animals are used in our outreach and in-house
>education programs and have schedules too) and can only schedule
>conferences after 1:00 EST due to staff programming responsibilities in
>the mornings.
>Currently all conferences are conducted via the Internet utilizing
>software such as Microsoft NetMeeting and White Pine's CU-See Me. We
>have a reflector site (reflector.tennis.org) for conferences and have
>had three or four classrooms participating in a conference but usually
>have only one.
>I will work with you to schedule the conference and focus on a topic.
>Just let me know when. You may email me or call Monday - Friday, 8:30
>a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST. I look forward to working with you.
>Or Cingilli
>Education Technology Coordinator
>Tennessee Aquarium/IMAX 3D Theater
>201 Chestnut Street, P.O. Box 11048
>Chattanooga, TN 37401-2048
>423.756.1849 fax
>Here are the animals:
>Ornate Horned Frog - Ceratophrys ornata
>Eastern Slender Glass Lizard - Ophisaurus attenuatus longicuadus
>Denny's Treefrog - Polypedates dennysi
>Alligator Snapping Turtle - Macroclyemys temminickii
>American Toad - Bufo americanus
>Leopard Gecko - Eublepharis macularius
>Cuban Treefrog - Osteopilus septentrionalis
>Eastern Box Turtle - Terrapene carolina carolina
>Marsupial Frog - Gastrotheca peruana
>Razorback Musk Turtle - Sternotherus carinatus
>Giant Marine Toad - Bufo marinus
>Common Snapping Turtle - Chelydra serpentina serpentina
>Red-Legged Walking Frog - Kassina maculata
>Chilean Rose-hair Tarantula - Grammostola gala
>Grey Rat Snake - Elaphe obsoleta spiloides
>Cornsnake - Elaphe guttata guttata
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>Foundation (http://www.gsn.org/cu) with sponsorship from Canon Visual
>Communications Systems (http://www.gsn.org/gsn/sponsors/canon.html)
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