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Can Virtual Dolphin Assisted Therapy assist Depressed Patients and those dealing with Cancer?

27 – 29 October, 2014

Dr. Horace Dobbs, now 83 years old, has shown that dolphin-human interactions help those dealing with depression and that these interactions stimulate immune systems and people’s desire to heal. He is currently writing his latest book about his cure from colon cancer predominantly through listening to a CD called Dolphin Dreamtime – Pathway to Serenity, for just 30 minutes every day.

Dr Horace Dobbs has published scientific papers in fields as diverse as nuclear chemistry, medicine and pharmacology. His remarkable and adventurous life is documented in numerous bestselling books and TV films. He founded The Oxford Underwater Research Group and the charity International Dolphin Watch.  Horace’s enthusiasm and ability to transmit his ideas at all levels so endeared him to big audiences at the National Geographic Society in Washington, that he was awarded a Silver Bowl (the equivalent to an Oscar in the film world) by the International Platform Association for his presentation ‘Follow a Wild Dolphin’ about Donald the dolphin.

In 21st century we consider good health as the absence of disease,  but if we only consider ill-health as related to poor physical wellbeing without incorporating additional contributing factors like peace of mind, contentment and a sense of deep security , then I believe we are limited in our understanding of what causes illness and how to facilitate treatment interventions.  As early as the 16th century the sages of old recognized the healing power of happiness and  Bombastus von Honeheim, the father of understanding the impact and onset of psychosomatic illnesses suggests that the mind, will, emotions and our perceptions have a great deal to do with promoting good health.

American Indian teaching reveals the dolphin symbolizes manna or life force. For these tribal people the dolphin is the keeper of the sacred breath of life and the dolphin is seen as a healing totem used to release emotional tension.  More recent research done by Christian Antonioli, PhD candidate in psychiatry and Michael A Reveley, professor of psychiatry together with a Medical Team at Leicester university found that patients who had been swimming with the dolphins showed improved mental health. The researchers say dolphins’ aesthetic value, and the emotions raised by the dolphin-human interaction may have healing properties. Some have speculated that the ultrasound emitted by dolphins as part of their echolocation system may have a beneficial effect. The Leicester team believe that dolphin-human interactions could be a productive way to treat depression and other psychiatric illnesses. (British Medical Journal Nov 26, 2005; 331(7527))

However, not everyone has the time or money to make swimming with dolphins a possibility, that is why Dobbs believed that even a virtual dolphin experience could alleviate depression and shift body systems. He has proven this to be true in his own journey when healing from cancer through his own virtual dolphin experience.

I believe the CD that Dobbs used, Dolphin Dreamtime – Pathway to Serenity, could be a valuable aid in specifically assisting treatment of;

  • cancer patients,
  • those dealing with depression,
  • loss through bereavement or divorce,
  • phantom pain as a result of a traumatic amputation,
  • pregnant mothers giving birth and
  • hyperactive and mentally challenged children
  • generally, anyone feeling stressed or exhausted.

Buy the CD, enjoy the results of the meditation and if you are willing to contribute into the wellbeing of others please complete the Feedback Form below.

Feedback from  Four Cancer Patients who listened to the Dolphin Dreamtime CD:

M: Before listening to the CD M was experiencing much pain in her throat. She is in her late years and was feeling overwhelmed and fearful because of the inability to minimize this pain. As a result her reaction was to try to control all she could and was being  quite prescriptive and fussy about what she would like to eat. After listening to the Dolphin Dreamtime CD these were her comments:

I feel so relaxed… happy… aware of how valuable I am and of being surrounded by people who really love me and care for me like family…I feel hope that the pain will go away, in fact it is very much less…I feel free.

I: Before listening to the CD I was complaining about pain in her back from a benign tumour-like growth. After listening to the Dolphin Dreamtime CD these were her comments:

I felt the dolphin sounds pass right through my body from my head to my toes and as if something left my body, something was released..there was a letting go…my mind emptied…there was a restful peace. I fell into a deep sleep.

R: Before listening to the CD R had just had her first treatment after a long period of waiting;  her blood count had not been high enough to proceed with treatments. She came back from treatment  quite tired and listened to the CD. These were comments afterwards:

Listening to the dolphins feels like going inside your heart, as if all the pain is being taken away (I think she meant emotional pain). I felt so free as if I was traveling the whole world. It was if I was there swimming with them away from people and from pain, it was a safe place where I believed I would not be harmed.

Ma: took a while to let go and relax when she started listening to the Dolphin Dreamtime CD, but thereafter this was her feedback:

I felt a great stillness. I was alone and I was reminded of all the wonderful works that God created. I felt healing and warmth in my body and my heart, a great sense of being at ease.

Feedback Two days later. At this stage no-one had listened to the CD a second time and I was surprised and enthused at the continuity of the impact generated by the energy of the Dolphins:

M: Excited about going home and sad to be leaving at the same time. The treatment venue is a wholistic nurturing place.

On Monday it felt like the dolphins came and grabbed the pain from my throat. I am not cured but I feel so much better. The dolphin sounds and your words were mixed together and there has been very little pain since then.


When I listened to the dolphins something came out of my body. I could physically feel the blood circulating around my body. The growth on my back is still there but there is no more pain. I will still get it checked out with the doctor though when I get back to Pretoria.

R: (After her third treatment)

Listening to the dolphins helped me clear my mind and I started to journal again. I believed I could start a new life journey. I also became aware of how much anger and pain I had inside that I needed to let go of…and guilt – what if I had done this or that. I realized I needed to let go of what I cannot control. The dolphins helped me to gain the wisdom that I need to take care of myself. To put my needs first and others needs second. They gave me hope that I can let go of the past and move into the future with a knowing that I have to cope with this sickness.


This morning when I was listening to the birds singing I also heard the sounds of the dolphins. I feel alone in a way that I just can focus on myself. When I hear their sounds I feel more able to think about spiritual things. They make me feel restful and at ease. So they are so satisfied that they make me feel the same way.

Tell us about your experience of listening to the Dolphin Dreamtime CD

Please download this word document with a simple 1 page questionnaire, fill it out and return to mandy@swim-with-dolphins.co.za.

Dolphin Dreamtime Questionnaire (docx)
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