Dolphin Art and Science Research Project (pdf file)

INTERNATIONAL DOLPHIN WATCH (IDW) is pleased to announce the introduction
in 2015 of an Art and Science based Research Project led by artist/cartoonist Rico
Oldfield and research scientist Dr Horace Dobbs. The aim is to explore the fundamental
nature of the relationship between humans and dolphins that cannot be explained on the
basis of currently acceptable scientific principles.
The human-dolphin relationship has intrigued Rico and
Horace since they teamed up 21 years ago to publish the first
of a series of books for children and adults about a fictional
dolphin dubbed Dilo. The publication in 2014 of the seventh
book in the series - a science fiction novel entitled Dilo and
the Secret of Atlantis gave the author and the illustrator an
opportunity to explore the possibility that a pre-Egyptian
civilisation, Atlantis, had a close relationship with the largebrained masters of the undersea world, i.e. the dolphins that
swam along their coastline.
Rico worked with Horace on the film The
Dolphin’s Touch* which revealed that encounters
with a free wild dolphin in the open sea could have
profound, beneficial effects on three very different
people, each diagnosed with clinical depression.
The full story of this research, dubbed Operation
Sunflower, is described by Horace Dobbs in his
book Dolphin Healing (Piatkus Books). Horace and
Rico have now set up a new Research Programme
to follow-up Operation Sunflower and explore the
theory, expressed in the Dilo books, that dolphins
communicate directly by mimicking sonar images,
thus taking them an evolutionary leap ahead of
humans in verbal/sonic communication.
In recent years, documentary filmmakers, with programmes such as the BBC’s Blue
Planet, have unravelled many of nature’s best-kept secrets with brilliant photography
and the latest technology. However, there are still questions that elude the most
sophisticated tools of observational science.
In his book Dogs that know when their owners are coming home THE UNEXPLAINED POWER OF ANIMALS – the
internationally renowned innovative research scientist Dr Rupert
Sheldrake proves beyond doubt that there are strong connections
between humans and animals that lie beyond everyday scientific
understanding. The final words in the text of this scholarly and
thought provoking book are “We are on the threshold of a new
understanding of the nature of minds.”
And this is the subject that Horace and Rico propose to explore in their DOLPHIN
ART AND SCIENCE RESEARCH PROJECT, on the basis that it could provide
the next big step forward in understanding the relationship we have, not just with
dolphins, but also with all life forms on Planet earth. And possibly beyond.
To achieve this lofty aim, Horace and Rico are now inviting others with a passion for
dolphins, who can think outside the box of orthodox Newtonian Science, to join
them on a collaborative endeavour to explore this “New Understanding of the nature
of minds”, by bringing art (in its many diverse forms - including sculpture and music)
and science (including morphic fields. epigenetics and quantum physics) into their
investigations, considering the connections between humans and animals - starting
with the Energy Field between Humans and Dolphins.
If you would like to take part in this IDW Dolphin Art and Science Research Project,
please Email brief details of your ideas and proposals to Jackie Connell at
[email protected] who will work with colleagues to collect and collate
data for analysis and possible publication in the IDW E Journal - DOLPHIN.
*Available from IDW Shop