Having spent years involved in animal rescue and advocacy, it was only natural that Monica would combine her passion for photography and writing to advocate for the dolphins she so loves. To that end, she contributed five articles on dolphins to the Fort Myers Beach newspaper, The Island Sand Paper. Those articles will soon be available here on this website.
Additionally, Monica wrote her first children's book, A Letter from Clarence O'Malley, to help young ones develop a respect for and a desire to protect dolphins. She is currently working on another book that encompasses her personal observations and inspirations gained from her time with the pod. Having spent over 9,000 hours on the water in her kayak, both books are filled with her original photographs of the local dolphins that frequent the waters around Fort Myers Beach.
Monica most enjoys giving local audio visual presentations on our local pod in various venues. She first developed this presentation for the Fort Myers Beach Public Library and up until Hurricane Ian, appeared there monthly from January-March. She plans on resuming these dates, just as soon as hurricane recovery allows. Her presentation can be adjusted to suit various audiences and ages, but always includes educational facts, personal experiences, and is filled with her original photographs of our local pod, as well as video footage set to music. A strong message of dolphin conservation and protection permeates her presentation.
She has spoken at other local venues such as the Fort Myers Beach Woman's Club and the Estero Island Garden Club and welcomes other speaking opportunities, either in person or via Zoom. To book Monica for a speaking engagement, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
The best way to protect dolphins to let them remain wild. When dolphins become too trusting of humans, they can fall prey to those who wish to do them harm.
It is true that dolphins often enjoy jumping in a boat's wake, however it is dangerous and should not be encouraged. Dolphins bear the scars of boat propeller encounters and these wounds can result in death if they become infected. Never purposely approach dolphins to create a tempting wake for them to play in.
Dolphins often hunt their prey by circling them. It is stressful for them to be surrounded, particularly when their calves are present. NOAA clearly lists 'coralling' as 'harrassment' in their dolphin watching brochure.
Dolphins do enjoy jumping in a boat's wake, but it is wrong to encourage it. It is a myth that dolphins are so fast and smart that they can avoid being hit by a propeller. These prop wounds can result in death if they become infected. Never approach dolphins with the intent of creating a tempting wake for them to play in.
Rather than speeding toward dolphins when you spot them, slow down and don't drive directly over them. If they remain in the area, put your engine in neutral and sit quietly to watch them. That is the best way to observe dolphins being dolphins.
Most people love dolphins and have no desire to hurt them. When they know better, they can do better. So share the Pod Protector message with kindness.