Dolphins Get Connected

Vodafone, Ireland’s leading mobile phone service provider has teamed up with the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation on Soundwaves, an innovative project that is establishing a hydrophone system in the Shannon Estuary. The Shannon Estuary is Ireland’s first marine Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and home to nearly 150 resident bottlenose dolphins.

SDWF’s Soundwaves system will transmit the underwater vocalizations of dolphins in the estuary, via cellular phone network, to a land station and will significantly enhance the current boat-based monitoring performed by dolphin conservationists.

Wonder if those Irish dolphins have to worry about “Anytime Minutes?” Dede has this vision of that annoying Verizon guy gurgling, “Can you hear me now?” underwater.