The Director of Ceta-Research, Dr.Peter Beamish,
came to Trinity, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, CA, because it appeared to be the
best place in the world to see and study The Great Whales, dolphins and
porpoises. Major efforts were made to rescue entrapped whales and to prevent
their getting caught in fishing nets but these animals were under intense
biological stress and thus gave us data on communications research only
in the realm of what is now called "Signal Based Communication." The entrapment
problem has been minimized by acoustic "pingers" as warning devices, by
rescue teams and by the smaller number of nets due to an east coast fishing
Since the recent discovery of another form of communication, found under
low biological stress conditions, called "Rhythm Based Communication" (RBC),
Ceta-Research has concentrated on this field. Small computers are used to translate
concepts from the minds of humpback, fin and minke whales, dolphins, red fox,
black bears, arctic and snowshoe hares, moose, caribou, beavers, bald eagles
and other marine birds.
Guests are invited to join research teams as the greater the number of
synchronous signals transmitted, the better the creature's response.
Guests can "feel" the animal's emotions and often can enter into a one-to-one
communication experience. There seems to be a critical brain mass, for
"human-whale RBC contact," of approximately six adults, all sending
different signals at specific times. Smaller animals require fewer participants.
When a whale returns a "key" message in less time than the transmitted message,
this "Time Compression" usually signifies excitement. We have
successfully used such events to predict full breaches for young whales and
approximately 3/4 breaches for adult whales. These have always occurred at
a safe distance from the boat and appear to be mainly whale-human information,
encoded in Time. One such communication experience, with high probability of
occurrence during a three-day "Whale Contact" expedition is often described as one of the greatest events of a person's life.