2007: Year of the Dolphin


The year 2007 has been declared as (International) Year of the Dolphin by the United Nations and United Nations Environment ProgrammeUNEP).[23] The idea was launched by the UN’s Convention on Migratory Species and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society ( (WDCS).


Dolphins are used in animal-assisted therapy, to help with various psychological and neurological problems such as autism, depression, Down syndrome and various development problems, and has shown to be beneficial for the participants.


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