Dolphin Encounters – Project BEACH’s 10th Annual Marine Education Contest Focuses on the Manta Ray, Sperm Whale, Humpback Whale and Bahamian Rock Iguana. Entitled “Strangers In Our Backyard” the contest is open to all students K-12 grade in The Bahamas.
Blue Lagoon Island, Bahamas – The pristine waters of the Bahamas is stretched thousands of miles
among 700 beautiful islands and cays. Deep in the ocean lies a
fascinating species of mysterious wildlife or “strangers of the sea’,
that have made the clear waters of the Bahamas their home, and most
people know very little about them.
Encounters – Project BEACH, the non-profit arm of the natural marine
park on Blue Lagoon Island, Tenth Annual Marine Education Poster Contest
will explore the wild natural history of the Manta Ray, Sperm Whale,
Humpback Whale, and Bahamian Rock Iguana. With the theme “
in Our Backyard, Mysterious Wildlife in the Bahamas,”
this year’s competition invites students throughout the country to
learn more about these intriguing marine animals and to express their
thoughts through poster art.
year the contest focused on invasive species destroying our
so this year, in honour of the tenth anniversary of our poster contest,
we wanted a positive topic of the mysterious, yet fascinating marine
animals that many people are not familiar with,” said Annette Dempsey,
Director of Education at Dolphin Encounters. “The Manta Ray, Sperm
Whale, Humpback Whale and Bahamian Rock Iguana are special and unique
to our Bahamian waters, and we want to promote their natural history,
while helping to protect them from potential harm that may face.”
Poster Contest is open to all students residing in The Bahamas, aged
Kindergarten through Grade 12. Entry is free.
panel of judges recognized for their work in the marine environment
will select the winners. Winning entries will be prominently displayed
throughout The Bahamas in recognition of the students’ efforts to
help protect our beautiful Bahamas.
for the competition have also been generously donated by vendors that
share a concern for our marine environment including: Dolphin
Bahama Divers, Barefoot Sailing, Pirates of Nassau, Blackbeard’s Cay,
Seahorse Charters, Powerboat Adventures and Bahamas Ferries.
chose the topic ‘strangers in our backyard’ because there are quite
a few migratory and local animals that many people don’t know about”
adds Sophia Smith, Education Coordinator at DE – Project BEACH. “So
by doing this contest we hope to inform and educate the general public
and students about their natural history. It is the migratory animals
that have been passing through our waters for hundreds of years. We
also hope to continue to spread awareness of the problems that marine
debris can cause to our migratory and local marine friends. There
are over one hundred thousand marine mammals, turtles, birds, fish,
and crustaceans that die each year due to marine debris through
or ingestion. The poster competition teaches students about how these
mysterious animals live and the negative effect marine debris can have
on our environment. We look forward to receiving entries and providing
students with the opportunity to learn about these amazing
To obtain free entry
forms and rules, a comprehensive fact sheet about the theme of the
visit www.dolphinencounters.com in the Education section; call Dolphin
Encounters-Project BEACH at 394-2200 extension 303; send an e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org; or fax your request
to 394-2244. Entry forms can also be picked up at the Dolphin Encounters
booth located at the Paradise Island Ferry Terminal. Deadline for
to be received is April 30, 2010.
Everyone can help protect our
country from marine debris threatening our Bahamian strangers. What can you do
to help against marine debris?
Prevention is the best cause of action!
Marine Debris is trash that’s found in or around the
The most common types of marine
debris are: cigarettes, food wrappers, caps and lids, plastic bottles, plastic
utensils (forks, knives, and spoons) and aluminum cans, glass bottles, straws,
fast food containers and fishing nets.
If these “top-ten” most wanted of trash criminals were disposed of
properly, our beaches would be 82% cleaner.
3 R’s: Reduce,
debris is one the most solvable problems facing society today! Some
responsibility falls on the government and private organizations, but each
person doing his or her part remains one of the best ways to tackle
By properly disposing of our
trash and practicing the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, trash in our
communities can be a thing of the past.
An important step to success is simply to NOT LITTER!
Encounters – Project BEACH (Bahamas Education Association for Cetacean
Health) conducts numerous educational and outreach programs. To
in a program or sponsor a program please call Annette Dempsey at