Sing to the Stars on Earth Day!
Release from the Sirius Institute
Release from Deep Space Communications Network
will be the first time that live Humpback songs will be sent to
space. This is an outreach project of the Cetacean Commonwealth,
an alliance of the Cetacea and the people who support them and
speak for them now. When the communication interfaces are completed,
the Cetacea will be able to speak for themselves. This broadcast
is being done jointly by the Sirius Institute, the Whalesong Project
and the Deep Space Communications Network.
Whales Sing to the Stars on Earth Day" project was created
and organized by Sirius Institute founding partner Paradise Newland.
are dolphin researchers based in Hawaii working under the name
The Sirius Institute. Our founding partner is Paradise Newland
and our research director is Michael T. Hyson, Ph.D., a neurobiologist.
was a close friend and colleague of the late Dr. John C. Lilly,
M.D., and Toni Lilly, who pioneered communication with the dolphins.
was a close friend and colleague of the late Dr. Hank Truby, a
linguist and acoustic phonetician who helped invent the sonogram
or "voice printing". He worked closely with Lilly and his
dolphin projects for 17 years, including attempts to teach dolphins
Elvar and Tolva English. We are inheritors of this tradition
and have built on this legacy.
have many partners and associates, biologists, MD's, engineers,
midwives, doulas, architects and others that help us in this work.
did you get interested in the dolphins?
became interested when I was 12-13 after reading John Lilly's
books Man & Dolphin and Mind of the Dolphin. Then I
got a chance to be with them at a facility in Texas the next summer.
So dolphins have been in my life since then. I even
got to swim with the original Flipper, a dolphin named Mitzi.
I met Dr. Hank Truby at the University of Miami and worked with
him on dolphin and other projects for about 12 years, including
a project of the World Dolphin Foundation with the dolphins Florida
met Paradise Newland at Dr. Lilly's 75th birthday in 1990 and
we have been running her Sirius Institute together ever since.
This brought us to Hawaii to study the free dolphins and whales
here and establish Human-Dolphin Habitats and dolphin attended
underwater birthing centers.
is the Sirius Institute?
Institute is a tax-exempt consortium with the purpose of "dolphinizing"
the planet. This means the integration of the Cetacea (dolphins
and whales) into our culture. A second goal is the "humanization
of space" which involves the settlement of the solar system and
can integrate the Cetacea with us through direct interactions,
by communication through interfaces and translators, using dolphin
attended underwater childbirth, raising our children together
with the Cetacea, developing dolphin assisted therapy, and by
legal recognition of their rights under human law through the
Cetacean Commonwealth. The dolphins and whales are co-species
with us on our planet and we can all benefit from this recognition.
website is at: www.planetpuna.com
follow the links to the Sirius Institute and we have pretty extensive
interested can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or write
1645 Pahoa, Hawaii 96778
call us at 808-965-9667
you are inspired to support our work, please do. We have
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and a link from our website.
All gifts are tax-deductible.
would also like people to sign up for our Cetacean Commonwealth.
Please contact us and give us your input in all this. There
are people, I m sure, with expertise in many areas, that could
help in this work. If they are interested in helping there
is much to do. We especially want a legal team to make their
case for recognition before the United Nations.
did you choose the name Sirius?
is the name that came to me soon after my swim with dolphins Joe
and Rosie and Roberta Goodman, through the Human/Dolphin Foundation,
in March 1985. It was incorporated in Vancouver, B.C. as the Sirius
Connection (now Sirius Connection 420). It was a vehicle
for my projects and works regarding these amazing beings that
had come to my life. I wanted to share so much with the
world as I found out more and more about them.
are several ancient cultures that say they learned the arts of
civilization from amphibious beings from the star system Sirius.
Sirius Institute is named in honor of these legends. The
dolphins and the whales have indeed been a civilizing influence
on humans for ages.
do you feel "dolphinizing" the planet is important?
Cetacea, the dolphins and whales, are highly intelligent, self
aware beings that use sonic "tools" and transmit information through
their cultures. They are mammals who birth and raise their
young as we do, suckling them with milk.
Cetacea have brains larger than ours (up to 6 times larger for
the Sperm Whale). They have had brains equal to or larger
than ours for at least 15-30 million years (at least 2 times longer
than our entire accepted evolutionary history as the genus Homo).
is known that the dolphins (and presumably the other Cetacea)
have a complex language - with up to a trillion "words" possible
using at least 4 simultaneous sound sources.
we conclude that they are more intelligent than we are and have
all the characteristics we generally use to define our status
as human, i.e. self-awareness, intelligence, language, tool use,
suggests that the Cetacea have knowledge and experience that can
be important to our understanding of our planet, its history,
and who we are on it. We feel it is important to communicate
with them and learn from them.
realization that the Cetacea are the oldest and most intelligent
cultures on Earth leads to the conclusion that we must respect
them, and insure their wellbeing. This implies changes in
current policy at all levels.
we will learn in this process is an exciting, open question- who
ARE these beings who share our planet? How can we cooperate
with them? What are their goals, needs, wants?
so we know they have big brains, so what? They have big bodies,
so maybe they need these brains just to run their large bodies?
by John Lilly, Peter Morgane and others have shown that the brains
of the Cetacea are comparable in complexity and quality to our
own. The parts of the brain that run the body are actually
about the same size as ours. Lilly found that the major
expansion in the size of the brain is in the neo-cortex (the "new"
brain). This is the part of the brain that handles consciousness,
personality and thinking in humans.
the expansion of the Cetacean brain is in those areas that are
concerned with high level thinking, the so-called "association"
areas. Even a bottlenosed dolphin has 40% more association
cortex than a human. The Orca (so-called "killer" whale) has three
times our brain size and others have even larger brains.
we know that larger brains have more cells, and more connections,
they can also be more intelligent.
do the whales need such large brains?
can turn this question around and say, "Why do they need large
turns out that the larger the brain, the easier it is damaged,
especially by accelerations. To have a large brain, you
MUST have a large body to protect it. Lilly calculated the body
size needed to protect a given brain size and found out that humans,
elephants, dolphins, whales - all have the LARGEST brains they
CAN have for their body size.
suggests that maximization of the neocortex has been a major evolutionary
driver in humans, elephants and marine mammals.
also means that since the elephant has a body that is near maximum
size for a land creature made of bone and muscle, that if you
want to have a brain much larger than an elephant, then you MUST
move to the water or somehow reduce gravity.
this appears to be what the Cetacea did - they evolved on land
and eventually adapted to the water. Once there, the limits
to their brain size were removed, and over time, their brains
increased in size to what we see now - which is that they have
the largest brains on the planet.
say the Cetacea are self-aware. How do we know this?
know that the dolphins, for sure, are self aware through the studies
of Dr. Ken Marten of Earth Trust working at Sea Life Park in Hawaii.
Basically, they put dye splotches on the dolphins and then provided
a mirror. They observed that the dolphins recognized themselves
in the mirror and used it to look at the dye splotches.
they understand mirror images and that they were looking at their
own image. This is only seen in humans and other great apes.
Since the other Cetacea have even larger brains, we conclude that
they are self-aware as well.
say the dolphins and other Cetacea have language. How do
we know this?
and whales make complex sounds like the songs of the humpback
whale. Dolphins have at least 4 and possibly 5 separate
sound sources, the 4 nasopharynges in the passages of their blowholes,
and perhaps one source in the throat similar to our vocal cords.
With these they make sounds from about 1000 cycles/second out
to at least 280,000 cycles/second. The sounds range from
whistles and clicks, rasping sounds, creaking sounds and all combinations
of these. Dolphins can make at least 4 simultaneous sounds
all different, such as 4 click trains, 4 whistles, or combinations
researchers Markov and Ostrakaya analyzed some 300,000 dolphin
sounds and concluded that they form a language with some 10^12
or 1 trillion syntactic units (roughly "words") in contrast to
the largest human vocabularies of about 50,000 words.
we have yet to learn what the sounds mean beyond simple "signature
whistles" or distress calls, the Russian work found the vocalizations
follow Ziff*s laws. For example, in all languages and computer
codes analyzed, short "words" are more common than long words
in the ratio of 1/f. The Russians showed that the dolphin
sounds followed this pattern, and concluded it IS a language.
addition, work by Lilly's team showed that the dolphins imitated
English using their blowholes in air and were able to accurately
repeat phrases of syllables and were conversational - waiting
for the human to speak, and then speaking back.
Herman and co-workers have shown that the dolphins can understand
a synthetic signaling system of hand signs. They learned
to understand some 300 signs in some 2000 combinations.
Wayne Batteau taught dolphins some 40 words in Hawaiian some 50
years ago. Regretfully, Dr. Batteau died during the study, which
was then transferred to the Navy and the program has been largely
in all, the dolphins have done better in language tests than primates
like chimps and gorillas. In particular, they understand
"word order grammars" in which meaning is contained in the word
order. For example: "Go get the green ball with the red
stripe" in contrast to "Get the red ball with the green stripe".
These distinctions are apparently beyond the capability of primates
other than humans.
communicate extensively given the opportunity. Lilly observed
that dolphins isolated in separate tanks and with an audio link
between them would communicate for 23 hours out of 24 for days.
we conclude that they have a language and use it. Lilly
said that all Cetacea could communicate with each other.
seems that with all this capability and larger brains, perhaps
the dolphins might do some things better than humans. Is this
Their hearing range is greater than ours - some 280KHz vs 20KHz.
They are supremely adapted to the water, can dive to 1000 feet,
leap 20 feet into the air, swim up to 35 knots. Compared
to a human who is almost blind and deaf in the water and can hardly
swim, the dolphins have larger brains, and a longer evolutionary
addition, the short term memory in humans is 5 (plus or minus
2) items, so that we can hold, say, a 7 digit telephone number
in memory long enough to dial it. Dolphins have a short term memory
of 12 items, more than twice the humans. As we described
earlier, their language is more complex than ours with a possible
also use their sonar in marvelous ways, sometimes to heal us.
This shows remarkable insight into our structures and the intelligence
and capability to heal even members of other species.
mention dolphin healing. Tell us more about that.
years now, there have been studies and stories showing that dolphins
can improve or sometimes heal humans with their sounds and other
means, like electrical fields (which we will discuss in a bit).
mentor Dr. Hank Truby started this effort by taking two autistic
children to see the dolphins in Miami Seaquarium about 1973.
Even on this first trial, the attention span of the children went
from about 5 minutes to about an hour and a half, and the children,
normally withdrawn and solitary, were cooperating in games, and
feeding the dolphins. Some of the improvement persisted
and lead to studies by Betsy Smith, David Nathanson and others.
there are several dolphin assisted therapy projects that are showing
improvements in a wide range of conditions like autism, Down*s
syndrome, cerebral palsy, microcephaly, angina, and perhaps healing
tumors. The field is caisted Therapy.
of this still needs more study and medical follow-up. This
is often difficult to obtain, especially when free dolphins do
this. One example is a fellow that had a head injury that
eliminated his peripheral vision. While in the water with
the dolphins off Kauai, they sonared him and his vision came back
while he was in the water. It sure would be nice to record
and document what they do in more controlled and complete ways.
I know that they are able to heal through personal experience,
when a dolphin called Dreamer fixed my neck.
happened with your neck?
I was 12, I compressed the 6th and 7th cervical vertebrae hitting
a swimming pool wall in a dive. I was mostly OK afterward,
but my neck would sometimes lock up and I could always hear a
grinding sound when I turned by neck.
I was 40 and swimming with the Dolphin Dreamer at Dolphins Plus
in Key Largo, Florida, I heard and felt some 20 loud and tightly
focused sonar pulses all over my head and neck in about a second.
hour later, the muscles on the left side of my neck relaxed, several
places along my back got hot as the blood circulation changed
and then I felt and heard 3 vertebrae click and move into new
positions. When I moved m; When I moved my neck, it was looser and the grinding
sound that had been there since I was 12 was gone.
do you think Dreamer did that?
thinking and studying this for years, I think we now have at least
some idea how she could do this. First, her sonar could
put out a peak power near a kilowatt, or about a horsepower.
Because of the high frequencies and the 4 sound sources, this
could be focused to under a millimeter. This is enough energy
to polish bone.
this happened, I learned that the melon, a lens of oil just under
the dolphin's forehead, is piezo-electric, like a quartz crystal.
This means that when it is vibrated with sound, it will generate
electromagnetic fields. These were measured by Dr. Eldon
Byrd and Dean Rawlings.
the dolphins can produce powerful sound AND electric fields.
There is data on the many effects high intensity sound and electricity
have on our bodies. So, I think that is basically how she
healed my neck. These mechanisms can account for many of
the healings that are reported.
the dolphins apparently use sound and electrical effects to heal
us? How does that work, do you think?
are lots of things that could be going on. Dr. Steven Birch
showed that dolphin sounds could change the frequency and power
of the brain waves and by a process called entrainment, could
release endorphins. Basically, parts of our bodies are piezo-electric
Vibrations of bone and collagen, for example, generate electric
currents. The dolphin sounds vibrating the body can cause this.
In addition, the sounds can resonate body structures and effect
I detailed in chapter 12 of Dr. Len Horowitz*s new book called
"Pirates of the Sacred Spiral" it is possible that dolphin sounds
can cause micro-bubble formation in the tissues. This has
been shown to speed bone healing.
addition, it is known that medical ultrasound can also change
the DNA by activating or turning off different genes. So
the dolphins could do the same sort of things with their sounds.
Ross Adey showed that pulsed electrical fields could activate
or "turn on" specific genes. So the dolphin electrical fields
could do similar things to our DNA.
we now know that both electrical currents and sound can change
DNA expression and that the dolphins could do this.
know how this all works will require more research with the dolphins.
other areas have the dolphins proved helpful?
are playful, happy creatures. Just being around them can
be a transforming experience. We have talked to many people
who*s lives have been changed by their presence. One example
is Dr. Horace Dobbs who took a manic depressive patient that had
been on medication for 14 years to see the free dolphin Donald
in Britain. The man felt he had been given a new lease on
life and stopped his medication and was much more joyful after
seeing the dolphins.
have reports of a young girl aged 8 with cerebral palsy whose
mental age of performance went from 3-6 months to 3-4 years after
being with the dolphins.
report is that a child with Down s syndrome was performing normally
after a few weeks of swimming with the dolphins.
of the most dramatic reports is that a child with microcephaly
(where the skull plates in a way that will make too small a skull)
was improved by being with the dolphins for about a week.
It was reported that after being with 4 dolphins who "ensonified"
the child with sounds for 20 minutes a day, the skull plates developing
normally after about a week. There are similar stories for
many different conditions where the dolphins appear able to help.
reports inspire us that there should be a concerted, well funded
effort to explore the dolphins and their healing abilities.
As Scott Taylor, who reported the microcephaly story to me said:
"This will change the face of medicine".
has been our association with dolphins in the past?
ancient cultures likely had close association with the Cetacea.
For example, there were river dolphins in the Nile, the Ganges,
the Indus and the Yangtze rivers. These are where all the early
"hydraulic" cultures developed. So it is possible that dolphins
influenced our cultures. In several cases it is reported
that the dolphins helped guide ships, and helped people fish.
Polynesian stories report that the dolphins and the whales helped
guide the canoes from island to island.
ancient Greece, dolphins were said to be the highest form of life.
The oracle at Delphi (which means "dolphin") was a guiding influence
for at least 2000 years. There are stories of the dolphins rescuing
the harper Arion, taking children to school and playing with children
and people on the shore, as has happened in modern times.
of the most instructive stories is by Pliny the Elder, who wrote
that dolphins helped some Greek fishermen by chasing fish into
their nets. At the end of the day, the dolphins hung by
the docks and the fishermen gave them "bread soaked in wine" as
a reward. Greek wine was used as a carrier for drugs and
psychedelics. So the fishermen were sharing their sacramental
potions with the dolphins. This suggests that human-dolphin
relations in the past were sacred and intimate.
into the past further, Dr. Solly Zuckerman and Elaine Morgan have
explored what is called the Aquatic Ape Theory. They point
out that we have marine characteristics like the shape of the
nose (adapted for diving), subcutaneous fat (for insulation),
a loss of hair, the position of the breasts (that is ideal for
suckling in the water) and even our tear glands (which are like
nidmental glands in sea creatures that excrete salt). Our
ability to swim and dive is rare in primates. They suggest
that our ancestors evolved on rivers and beaches where we learned
to swim and learned to walk while wading.
usual story is that we learned to run and hunt on the savannahs
of Africa during a long drought. This theory has now been
questioned in part because the plant fossil records show that
our early evolution happened in moist, forested areas, by beaches
now appears likely that we evolved from swamp and beach living
Bonobo chimp-like ancestors. Recently we have learned that
proper brain development requires eicosanoic acid which is present
in fish and sea food. If we only evolved from fruit eating,
tree living ancestors, this is quite difficult to explain.
puzzle of our evolution is our large brain. How did it happen?
Current models suggest that having a well fed existence near the
shore with an abundance of seafood could be a factor. Being
on the beaches forms a better context for this development.
My view is that all the large brained creatures are aquatic or
semi-aquatic. Even the elephants (that have brains larger
than ours) have been seen 25 miles at sea swimming between islands.
would suggest, that like the modern people in Mauritania, Australia,
the Amazon and elsewhere who still fish with the dolphins, our
ancient ancestors did the same. It is easy to see that being
with the dolphins like this for years could have stimulated our
our association with the dolphins and whales goes back a long
way. What has happened since the ancient Greeks?
along the way, we seem to have mostly forgotten our ancient relationship
and we have been hunting the whales and the dolphins for food
for at least the last 18,000 years. With the development
of modern sailing and powered ships and inventions like the exploding
harpoon, we have killed so many whales that they are now reduced
to something like 1% of their former populations.
Some 2 million dolphins a year are now killed by humans and their
pollution and sonars.
want to change this by helping us remember the relationships we
once had. In the modern era, John Lilly taught us the truth
about the dolphins, starting with examining their large brains
and ending with teaching them English with some success, and then
developing the Janus Project, a computer communication interface
that would allow them to speak English through what is called
a vocoder and speech synthesizer. This work has to be completed
Russians, for example, were so impressed by Lilly s data on the
dolphins that they stopped all killing of dolphins based on their
consciousness and intelligence. It is important to remember
what we already know and apply it to our behaviour and policy.
now have mostly a moratorium on killing the large whales, although
Japan, Norway and Iceland want to resume whaling, despite the
International Whaling Commission ban. And mostly the protections
of the IWC have yet to be extended to the smaller whales and dolphins.
They are still being killed in fishing or being herded and killed
in Japan and elsewhere.
we still have a lot of education to do and changes to be made.
We hope our work and the work of many people around the planet
will awaken us all to the reality of the Cetacea and who they
always seem friendly. Do they ever hurt people?
thousands of years the historic record includes their aid to us,
fishing, for us, rescuing people, and playing with us. There
are perhaps 3 instances on record where a Cetacean may have contributed
to a human death. So rare as to be almost in the noise.
And, from what we know, dolphins treat people with kindness except
under extreme provocation. They are harmonious and peaceful
in their pods and treat us similarly. Certainly there have
been a few situations where people have been bitten, or ribs broken,
etc. yet this is extremely rare.
said that the most important thing he learned about the dolphins
was they were ethical in their behavior and treated people as
a special class, being very nice to us.
us more about your goals. How can dolphinizing the planet,
as you call it, benefit us?
have a comprehensive approach to improved ways of being on this
are developing ways to create more harmonious communities by improving
birth and child rearing practices.
of the work is inspired by what we have learned investigating
the Cetacea. The dolphins are directly involved and we seek to
integrate them into our lives through communication, birth, therapy
and other means.
has many aspects including establishing communication, sharing
life experiences as well as creating means to allow them to assist
in birth and therapy with us. Our main projects are:
Habitats & DAWN Birth Centers
Songswimmer Communication interfaces &
Cetacean Commonwealth & Embassies
a more complete description of these projests, please see:
are POD Homes?
societies are cooperative and fun-loving. We want to emulate
that in human society. Closeness and support of a Pod is
essential in the sea, where predators or dangers can come from
many directions. Everyone has to watch out for the others.
Cetacea are close, social creatures, like humans, and thrive best
when they share life, love, food, child rearing, hunting, socialization
skills and their culture with each other.
can emulate the cooperation and closeness that dolphins have in
their pods and adapt this to our life on land. We call it
"living en Pod" and it occurs in Pod Homes. The Pod model
can help us to restore our currently fragmented society.
To live 'en pod' means that you know you are part of something
good and bigger than yourself that is there for you always.
Being part of a pod means you are valued and accepted for being
you and bringing your own special self to the pod, making it richer
and more interesting.
children are raised or spend time in 'pod' homes, centered around
the well being of the children, just like the dolphins.
The people who live here are called a podlet. There are aunties
and uncles, grandma's and granddads, sisters, brothers and good
friends too. Even if your own mom or dad is away, there
can be a mom or dad person there for you.
homes are islands of stability where people gather to help each
other, care for the children, give hugs and other kinds of 'yummy
touch' like touching hands, feet, shoulders, ears, giving back
rubs. This is the kind of touch that everyone can enjoy
and helps us stay well.
we are part of podlife, things are lots of fun and we feel closer
and at ease with many people, creating organization and activities
so that all of us prosper in harmony and abundance.
are Human-Dolphin Habitats?
intend to set up areas we call Human-Dolphin Habitats where we
can learn to attract the free dolphins to come play and interact
with us. Then we can learn together. This will be
a place where we can learn to communicate better. We intend
to birth our children underwater with the dolphins in attendance.
may choose to heal people. At first we will observe what
the dolphins do, and measure the sounds, electric fields and other
parameters until we understand what they are doing. Then
we can duplicate their methods and improve the state of healing.
Human-Dolphin Habitat can be a coastal area where the dolphins
come to meet and interact with us. We have located several
places suitable to this effort. We can also interact with
the dolphins at local beaches, here in Puna and Hilo, both from
the shore and by boat.
prototype of the Human-Dolphin Habitat was created during the
Lilly projects where they flooded a house and Margaret Howe and
Peter dolphin lived together for months. We also envision
and are planning to have boats and floating facilities as habitats.
our studies we have found ways to approach our optimal state through
the human-dolphin habitats. We can improve birth practices,
have more play and fun included in our lives, have our sovereignty
and liberty respected, and we will learn to communicate clearly,
both with each other and the dolphins. The dolphins can
assist us in all these areas.
show a potential area that is close to what we envision.
research suggests that we can improve how we birth babies.
What effects could be expect from this?
years of work in the Black Sea and elsewhere, including early
Hawaii, have shown that water birth is beneficial. With
their therapeutic capability the dolphins can help insure an optimal
birth experience is fundamental to the quality of our children's
future lives. It is now known that underwater birth is often
better for the mother and the baby.
is established by some 30 years of work starting with Igor Charkofsky,
Dr. Michel Odent, M.D., Estelle Meyers, Dr. Gowri Motha, M.D.
and others. In fact, birthing with the dolphins has been an ancient
indigenous practice here and in other cultures. Such births
were done up till at least 1937 by Hawaiians.
is therefore evident that underwater birth with the dolphins is
an obvious and important area of research and development.
Since the outcomes in adulthood are so closely linked to the birth
experience, we know that improvement at this stage of a child's
life is most important.
can easily reduce the future consequences and costs of health
care and reduce needs for police and the like just by insuring
proper birth and rearing especially of those considered high risk.
Compared to the alternative of leaving the situation alone, it
is more socially beneficial and cost effective.
has yet to be a facility, anywhere on Earth that easily allows
we are developing the Dolphin Attended, Water, Natural (DAWN)
and Gentle Birth Centers here in Hawai'i. This is one of
the few places (along the Puna Coastline) where underwater birth
with the free dolphins can be done. The mild climate, the
year-round availability of free dolphins, as well as the Hawaiian
cultural milieu are supportive of this effort. We have been
here for some 13 years renewing the groundwork for all this.
The Sirius Institute is in a wonderful position to accomplish
are now receiving up to 3-4 requests per week through the Internet
from people searching for a place to birth with dolphins.
People who are deeply called to be with the dolphins search widely
and find us.
indicates there is a larger population who want dolphin-attended
births that are off the net or otherwise miss finding us.
This demonstrates there is a need for such a facility. It
is time to provide one.
is the Wellness Begets Wellness Program?
DAWN Birth Centers are part of our "Wellness begets Wellness"
program which is about systematically, intentionally, intelligently
and consciously setting about to create and provide what it takes
to assure that every child that we can reach, everyone about to
be a mom is hanaied (Hawaiian for adopted), and is included as
a member of the 'pod', a dolphin/whale term that relates to how
they live together and raise their children, from which we are
learning a great deal.
know much about pregnancy and birth, infancy and early childhood
development, that we could apply to every child born here from
this day on so they would have an optimal start in life and thereby
a much better likelihood for a better life in general. This
in turn would result in more benefit to themselves, to their relationships,
to their ability to be productive, balanced members of society
and also pass these qualities to their children.
birthing centers address these kinds of births for the well being
of our children and our future. See: www.planetpuna.com/gentlebirth/
is the Cetacean Commonwealth?
Cetacean Commonwealth is a commonwealth of the Cetacea Nations
comprising all species of Cetacea, the mammalian order of whales
and dolphins and the Humans who support them in being recognized
as a People. The Cetacean Commonwealth was established March
7, 2002, at 1:34 AM Pacific time and publicly introduced at Earth
Day Los Angeles on 4-20-02.
Cetacean Commonwealth is a way for the people of the sea and the
people of the land that support them to have a voice and gain
rights for the Cetacea under human laws so they are recognized
as the sentient intelligent beings they are.
is now scientifically proven that the dolphins are self-aware,
a trait shared with humans. Since other Cetacea have even
larger brains, we conclude that the other Cetacea are self-aware
as well. They transmit information culturally across generations
and are the longest lived of all species. They have the
largest brains, include the largest creatures on Earth and have
a long history of friendship, cooperation and partnership with
humans which makes us co-species, sharing the planet.
therefore qualify as a people and with their intelligence, culture,
and sentience, are entitled to full recognition under human laws.
is a major intention of the Sirius Institute to have the Cetacean
Commonwealth recognized so that the Cetacea have standing under
human law. It will take work by attorneys and others.
milestone for the project will be a presentation by the Cetacea
before the UN with live communications from them where they speak
is the SongSwimmer Communication Interface?
SongSwimmer is a whale & dolphin communication Interface based
Cetacea have a complex language that has proven opaque to analysis
so far. Therefore, to communicate it is best to establish
an intermediate code that will allow us to start communicating
with each other.
have learned that part of their communication is musical.
They use chords and musical phrases. Humpback groups, for
example, sing in different keys, and respond to musicians that
are playing in their key.
the communication interface that we are developing is based on
a device that tracks the pitch of their whistles and converts
them to MIDI form (Musical Industry Digital Interface) which is
used in keyboards and synthesizers.
Hawaiian language is composed from only 14 basic sounds, the lowest
number of sounds in human languages. We can create an interface
that assigns one of 14 tones to each language sound, or "phoneme".
when the dolphins whistle one of these tones, its pitch will be
recognized by the computer which then outputs the appropriate
sound, both in the air to the humans, and through underwater speakers.
It will also display the appropriate letters on a computer screen,
both for the humans and the Cetacea.
by whistling sequences of these 14 tones, the dolphins can "speak"
Hawaiian, for example. English, by the way, would require
about 48 tones, and it is possible for the dolphins could learn
this more complex coding too.
this is one way the dolphins and the whales can learn to speak
with us. When we do this, the dolphins will have an objective
and recordable way to speak with us.
envision a sound operated computer for the dolphins which will
be a teaching machine so that the dolphins can teach US what THEY
want us to know.
accomplish goals like the Cetacean Commonwealth, we need this
kind of two-way communication with the Cetacea. This was
a major goal of Lilly's Janus Project through the Human/Dolphin
Foundation. This will complete John Lilly's work.
SongSwimmer will allow us to communicate and begin learning from
each other. Demonstration of this ability will support their
recognition as sentient beings under the Cetacean Commonwealth
and educate many people about their intelligence.
have tested underwater speakers of our own design, have hydrophones,
and "pitch to MIDI" converters. A binaural hydrophone is
designed and ready to be built and tested. The pitch to
MIDI conversion has been tested on taped dolphin & Orca sounds
and live with humpbacks, and the whales were playing with the
interface. We have a CD called Cetacea - the Whales and
Dolphins Sing demonstrating this.
could play part of our CD here, showing the conversion of the
dolphin sounds to MIDI music and the Humpbacks interacting with
the interface at sea)
current device is low-cost, works in our audio range, and uses
off-the-shelf components. It is adequate for one or two
cooperative Cetacea willing to put up with its limitations.
far, pitch trackers track only one frequency and can be easily
confused with many parts at once. It is now possible to
do the signal processing in software and improve the frequency
response, better source localization.
one dolphin can create at least 4 sounds, all different, at the
same time, out to perhaps 1 Million Hz frequencies, we will need
better processing to fully match their capability.
are Interspecies Concerts?
concerts are joint Human & Cetacean musical compositions &
recordings. Part of Cetacean communication is musical and
we have determined that the Harrison/Lucy scale is a good descriptor
of their sounds. Humpbacks sing in and recognize different
keys. Orca pods use musical phrasing unique to their pod
etc. This brings us to the Interspecies Concert.
our SongSwimmer interface we will arrange that the Cetacea can
sing for us. We will convert their own sounds to instrumental
sounds and broadcast them into the water through underwater speakers.
musicians will play along with this, and will also be heard by
the Cetacea. This will be a joint artistic creation of the
Cetacea and Humans, showing their
and ability as musicians. Our friend Kendall performed a
version of this idea and some 10 humpbacks and 20 dolphins came
near the shore and listened. One possible result of this
activity is a hit recording.
are WiFi Whale & Dolphin Communication Stations?
first step to our communication and concert goals is the establishment
of two-way communications stations. Basically, one puts
hydrophones and underwater speakers on a buoy offshore to pick
up and transmit whale sounds by wireless means to the Internet.
example is the Whalesong Project at: www.whalesong.net.
We are in contact with them and they are willing to help us as
they did this past Earth Day. We played humpback whale songs
live through them for the first time ever at an Earth Day celebration.
Our visi0n is to have whales/dolphins sing live for many Earth
Day events next year and beyond.
would like to place such buoys at Kehena Beach and near Richardson's
Beach in Hilo. Our vision is to have many stations.
They open up several possibilities, among them the chance for
the whales to use them to communicate with each other. We
can then listen in and learn.
Navy has been using new kinds of sonar that some say are hurting
the whales and dolphins. What do you think about that?
navies of the world are in the midst of an arms race under the
sea. They are developing dangerous new weapons based on
what is called super-cavitation which
rocket torpedoes to travel 200 miles/hour plus under the sea.
There are now quieter submarines, e.g. hydrogen peroxide powered
that have 4000 mile ranges and so on. This has everyone
are developing all this and now want better sonars to find each
other s forces at long range. So the Low Frequency
Active Sonar (LFAS) has been developed to detect quiet subs at
about 100 miles range.
do this, it is immensely loud ... about 240 decibels or dB, roughly
3 megawatts of acoustic energy.
3dB increase is 10 times louder, something like the Richter scale
For example, 130 dB in air is painful, and at about the same level,
whales and dolphins show responses that suggest it is painful
for them as well.
strandings in the Mediterranean Sea, the Bahamas, Hawaii, and
elsewhere show us, at least, that this is a dangerous system.
Whales and dolphins seem to be harmed and killed at sound levels
of 150-155 dB. Yet the US Navy has insisted that 180 dB
is a safe level, despite reports of their own divers being harmed
by these levels.
existing sonars, the so-called mid-range sonars, also seem to
be harming the whales and dolphins, for example, there was a stranding
of Melon Headed whales in Kauai recently associated with naval
maneuvers that included mid-range sonars. The Navy
originally denied the connection, yet there is growing data that
these sonars hurt things.
of the strandings over the last decades that were thought mysterious
link to naval testing, or geological and oil exploration with
explosives, gas guns and the like.
of the autopsies of the whales involved in these deaths show bleeding
behind the brain in an area called the ret'e, bleeding
in the ears, the cochlea, in the brain and around the eyes.
This is consistent with shock wave damage.
I speculate that a super-cavitation device may have hurt them,
or we have other means for making powerful shock waves in the
water. I think it is possible that the current LFAS could
be configured as a phased array sound weapon using a technique
called Time-Reversed Acoustics. This is powerful technology
that must be stopped or closely controlled.
put, we are producing loud and increasingly lethal sound levels
in the oceans. We have to stop.
Judge Laporte has the Navy LFAS project under a restraining order
for the moment based on an NRDC suit. Lanny Sinkin, an attorney
in Hawaii is seeking to
get the Cetacea recognized as parties to a suit, along the lines
of our Cetacean Commonwealth. We shall see what happens.
have testified that there are benign, quiet alternatives to all
this involving so-called passive sonar which basically uses signal
processing to detect targets without the need of making loud sounds.
This would be a lot safer than what we are doing now.
Britain, the Netherlands, NATO countries, Russia ... at least
12 nations are developing similar systems. This has to stop
very soon if we are to have oceans with whales dolphins and fish
a more complete report on these matters, please see: Our letter
to the National Marine Fisheries Service at: www.planetpuna.com/MayLetter
changes in society and the planet would you like to see when all
the longest time, we have thought in Western culture that we were
the pinacle of evolution. Now we know differently.
There are other conscious beings here that are
more intelligent and have been here longer than we have as a species.
These beings have always and continue to offer their cooperation
and to show us about themselves. In some cases offer full friendship
is time for humanity to embrace this offer and meet the Cetacea
with the finest we have. I think we will learn about how
to make ourselves better through better birth practices.
We will learn a lot by communicating with other intelligent species
as we partner with them in birth, play, music and other forms
will recognize them as conscious and give them rights and protection
under our laws. We will clean up the planet and the oceans
to make them safe for the Cetacea. And then the Cetacea
can return, with their populations growing to former levels as
we treat them properly.
think we will find new inspiration and insight into who we are,
how we evolved, and learn more of the history of our planet.
It will be the continuation of a grand adventure and now we will
have other species like ourselves to share it with.
think it will transform our thinking and our societies when we
take into consideration the needs and wants of other species.
I hope that we will develop a love and concern for the entire
planet and all the species on it. I think this could lead
to what I like to call the re-enchantment of the Earth.
someone wants to have a dolphin attended birth, what should they
the moment, the DAWN Birth Center is a "work in progress".
It will take significant support to make it a full reality.
Any assistance anyone might like to offer toward this goal is
appreciated. There are so many factors involved in a dolphin
attended birth that we would like to talk to those interested
please contact us, we can likely assist in their quest.
Again, our website is www.planetpuna.com;
our address is:
Pahoa, Hawaii 97668
our phone is 305 897 0336 (Magic Jack) or mhyson on Skype
summarize for us what you have told us, what would you tell us
in a short "sound bite" that we should all remember?
are the most intelligent creatures on Earth and have been for
millions of years. They been our friends and helped us in
many ways for millennia. They are offering their friendship
and cooperation. Many ancient cultures knew this and now
Western culture is waking up to this.
have a wonderful opportunity to partner with our compatriots in
the sea, communicate and play with them, birth and raise babies
together, and in the process we will learn a great deal.
We can then resume our status with them as co-species, where there
is mutual respect and companionship.
the process, we humans will learn and evolve, our babies will
be more sound, and our oceans will be protected and restored,
as will the populations of the whales and dolphins. We will
end whaling of all sorts, and honor them instead as the companions
and teachers they have always been.
of feeling isolated on the planet, we have a wonderful group of
beings to share it with, who are offering their friendship and
calls this "Beginning the great oneness".