TerraMar Research supports various projects that reflect the myriad ways we can learn about and protect the planet for all generations and for all species. Education is the centerpoint of all we do, whether it is in educating others or learning more ourselves. Volunteerism is another component of these projects, reflecting the dedication, passion, and commitment to other species that shines through people’s busy schedules and crowded lives.
POD (Protect Our Dolphins) works to protect our dolphin neighbors in the Santa Barbara region and beyond through pioneering research, education and community and government projects. Seal Sitters was formed when volunteers met each other “seal-sitting” urban seal pups on crowded beaches so that the pups could rest safely while their moms foraged for them. The Whale Stewardship Project (WSP) has been the only effort to conduct research, stewardship, and provide public education about young lone and very young beluga whales without moms who are increasingly observed interacting sociably with people. The Trans-Species Institute of Learning is pioneering innovative ways to increase the psychological well-being of wild animals and we are delighted that our Research Director, Toni Frohoff, has recently joined their staff. Casa de la Imaginacion is a little gem in remote and rural Yelapa, Mexico, where children learn and share invaluable lessons about the environment, animals, and each other. Save the Elephants and Elephant Watch in Africa are pioneers in research and ecotourism.
Between Species (Between Species: Celebrating the Dolphin-Human Bond Sierra Club Books/UC Press, 2003) is more than a book. It is representative of a burgeoning human fascination and respect for other species as individuals with inherent value unto themselves rather than objects to be exploited.
"Between Species" combines the deep wisdom of science, the magic of poetry, and the perspective of history in a rare and moving tribute to the natural affinity people have for dolphins and visa versa. A treasure-trove of information, it is a valuable volume for all who care about the ocean. - Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Society
Projects focusing on dolphin communication, dolphin-human interactions, and marine mammal protection have remained a primary focus for over twenty years. It is through these projects and others that we at TerraMar have been privileged to participate in, contribute to, or otherwise have tried to support in what ways we can.