A photo of Nicholas playing with his new device!
This past year, CMA’s training staff has been working closely with entrepreneurs Don and Cindy Lang, who create environmental enrichment devices for marine mammals. We received our first device from the Langs, a bubble machine for Winter, Panama, and Hope, at the beginning of this year. We are pleased to announce that our second device is finally here!
This device is for Nicholas, CMA’s only male dolphin. It works like the game “Simon Says”; the device is capable of playing different music note sequences, and each music note corresponds to a different light. The trainer plays a sequence and Nicholas has to repeat the sequence by using paddles in his water. Each paddle represents a different note, and when he gets the sequence correct, he is rewarded. The device is designed to tap into Nicholas’s cognitive and creative abilities. Come up to Dolphin Terrace at CMA to see it in action!