Dear Friends,

Well, we know when your neighbor asks, “How’d ya do?” they are not asking how ya doing but how’d ya do with the storm. As we all know, Hurricane Ian impacted the whole state of Florida, particularly the coastal areas. While here in Volusia and Brevard, we did not take the direct hit, it was felt, and we were all reminded of what can happen. We have another month of the 2022 Hurricane Season left, so let’s not let our guard down yet. There are many people that lost homes, had damage, and lives lost due to Ian. So, lend a hand, help out a neighbor or ask for help if you need it. We are all in this together while we all think we live in paradise and love our coastal lives, there is a price that may come to us anytime.

We have some great Friends events planned for the fall/winter/spring season, and we look forward to seeing visitors enjoying the seashore.

Thank you to all of the Friends and Volunteers-In-Parks for all you do.

See you at the beach!
Laura Henning 
Canaveral National Seashore Volunteers-in-Parks Program will host a variety of training in November.  
VOL (Volunteer Operational Leadership) 
Friday, Nov 4 - 10AM - noon 
  • Title: Effective Leadership (rescheduled from 9/30/22) 
Location: VC 
Description: Explore the NPS system of Operational Leadership (Safety) from the lens of the VIP program. This is a deep-dive, facilitated class for those volunteers who want to hone their skills of leadership, and communication, get better connected with other VIPs, and more. 
Friday, Nov 18 - 10AM - noon 
  • Title: Environmental Education (School Groups/Field Trips) 
Location: VC/Turtle Mound 
Description: Impact the next generation by helping school groups learn about the biodiversity of Mosquito Lagoon. School groups are starting to schedule field trips for the 2022/23 school year. We host groups of 20+ students and seine the lagoon. It’s such a fun and memorable day for the kids and the VIPs! Roles serve sporadically, according to demand. Outdoors. Kid-friendly. Mildly-strenuous. 
Valerie Stanley
Volunteer/Youth Coordinator
Canaveral National Seashore
386-428-3384 ext. 0
In honor of Veterans Day, November 11, 2022, will be an entrance-free day at all National Parks.
Thank you to all who have served.
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Dolphins are incredible. They are socially skilled, intelligent, agile, joyful, and playful creatures that share many emotional similarities with humans. There is an impressive range of different species of dolphin and they all have their own unique identities and characteristics!
Dolphins & Teeth
Dolphins do have teeth, but most of them don't use them to chew their food – they swallow it whole, heat first, so the scales on the food do not disturb their throat. Their teeth are to defend themselves and to grip objects. They have two stomachs, one for food storage and one for digestion.

Dophins & Calfs & Social Skills
Dolphins typically only have one calf that stays with them for the first seven years of their life. They swim in groups called pods and maintain a social organization. If a dolphin is injured, the other dolphins will work together to help it get to the surface every thirty minutes to breathe.

Dolphins & Sleep
Dolphins (and whales) sleep unusually. It is called unihemispheric slow-wave sleep, meaning that they sleep with only half of their brain. When a dolphin goes to sleep, it shuts down one hemisphere of its brain and closes the opposite eye. This allows the dolphin to monitor what's going on around them and regulate breathing.

While sleeping, some are motionless at the surface; other times, they might swim. Over 24 hours, each side of their brain gets about 4 hours of sleep. Sleeping with half of their brain allows them to check their surroundings for danger and maintain body heat.

Life expectancy varies, but a bottlenose dolphin can live 20 to 50 years. Determining their age is done by counting the rings inside each tooth. Each growth ring indicates one year of life.
Dolphins, in capacity, generally do not live as long as wild dolphins.

Orcas are Actually Dolphins
Did you know that Orcas, which are recognizable because of their black and white coloring, aren't actually whales; they are the largest members of the dolphin family. So how did they become called killer whales? The name killer whale came from ancient sailors who observed orcas hunting and preying on other whale species. They called them "asesina ballenas," which translates to whale killer, eventually being termed killer whale.

Dolphins Have More Brain Capacity Than Humans
Not only are dolphins' brains large, but they also have a complex neocortex, which is the part of the brain that allows you to be self-aware and solve problems. Beyond being able to recognize themselves in a mirror, dolphins also demonstrate their intelligence by being able to understand gestures that are highly complex from their human trainers.
BECOME A FRIEND - 2022 Membership
Friends of Canaveral consists of a small, but a mighty, group of members and volunteers who participate in the tradition of private philanthropy that is designed to enhance Canaveral’s’ federal support. 

  • Membership card to Friends of Canaveral to use to receive a discount of 15% at the Canaveral Seashore Park Gift Shop.
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  • Invitation to all fundraising events
  • Invitation to our annual membership meeting
  • Inclusion in all email announcements
  • Volunteer opportunities
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