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Project Interlock // Dolphin research
By Amy Taylor
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Project Interlock // Dolphin Research
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Help us restore Interlock, the boat made famous by "Kiwi Cousteau" Wade Doak... diver, author, photographer, filmmaker and dolphin researcher. (See his books here)
Over the last 20 years I've worked on dolphin/whale watching boats in NZ and Tonga as a guide, videographer, or researcher, and now we're hoping to start a dolphin research project in the Coromandel. There's currently no one else doing it and there's a lack of information about dolphins in this area.
We'll be putting a lot of time and $$ into trying to get Interlock back to her former glory to be a dolphin research vessel once again, so any assistance will be gratefully recieved... and there's some rewards on this page you might like! They can be given as gifts also. We're only trying to raise a fraction of what the total cost will be, just keen to get anyone interested involved in this project.
(If you can't contribute financially but could help with refit work on Interlock in Whitianga we'd love to hear from you too - we may be able to provide accommodation in return.)
Interlock is a 36ft Wharram Raka catamaran built in 1975... think Polynesian-style America's Cup boat from the 70's ;)
Interlock = interspecies communication - from Wade's book Dolphin Dolphin
Wade and his wife Jan spent 15yrs with her, documenting their dolphin encounters and ocean adventures.
Project Interlock was known throughout the world.
She has since fallen into disrepair and we recently purchased her with the dream of restoring her and continuing Project Interlock.
The hulls and beams are in good condition and so is the majority of the rigging, most of the work will be replacing or fixing bolts, decking, cabin tops, hatches, ropes, sails, rudders etc, and sanding, cleaning and painting.
Once Interlock is in Whitianga (hopefully by December) we'll set up a Project Interlock Facebook page and post regular updates with photos & videos.
I'm a marine biologist and filmmaker (check out Soul in the Sea - a film about Moko the dolphin) and Mike is a surfer, diver, and anti-whaler (he was on the Sea Shepherd boat the Ady Gil when it was rammed by the Japanese whalers... he's not crazy, just up for adventure!) Mike is currently building our off-grid house in Kuaotunu - we have a yurt there also. We have a nearly 4yr old boy, Jai, who we're going to train up as crew :)
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20/11/2017 at 10:04 AM
Progress with repairs has been a bit slow over winter but the new decking is now underway... once that's completed and a couple of other things are sorted out we will be able to bring Interlock to Whitianga and start working on her ourselves! Can't wait :)
Yayyyy! We met the target!
04/09/2017 at 1:11 PM
Thanks to everyone who contributed... I'm so grateful for your support with this project! Just waiting for the PledgeMe people to send me a list of the rewards chosen and I'll be in touch :) Looking forward to having Interlock here in Whitianga hopefully in December and getting her in good shape to go sailing!
WHY DOLPHIN RESEARCH IN THE COROMANDEL?
15/08/2017 at 10:50 PM
THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR SUPPORT... NEARLY TWO THIRDS OF THE WAY TO THE GOAL NOW!
A bit more info about the research idea for anyone who's interested...
1. There’s been no one studying dolphins here since 2001, and that was Common Dolphins only
2. There seems to be a lot of dolphins in this area (I’ve seen Bottlenose dolphins off Kuaotunu beach four times in the last few weeks, and there are sightings year-round)
3. Bottlenose dolphins are studied in the Bay of Islands, Hauraki Gulf, & Bay of Plenty… but there’s a large data gap along the Coromandel coastline
(Beautiful shot of where the dolphins have been hanging out in Kuaotunu by www.fleaphotos.co.nz)
So the idea to begin with is to start a photo ID catalogue of Bottlenose dolphins, and also photograph any other cetaceans in the area, especially Brydes Whales (there’s a bit of a mystery about where they might be going to from the Hauraki Gulf).
Dolphins have always been part of my life… as a kid I watched them bow-riding from our boat, and in Whitianga where we lived there were two common dolphins who would come into the shallows and greet us. Years later I trained as a marine biologist and began working with dolphins and whales as a guide, videographer, and researcher. In 2000 a friend was doing his Phd on Common Dolphins in Mercury bay when he contacted the BBC to suggest that David Attenborough and a film crew come to visit… so they did! I was working on the dolphin boat they hired for the week, and although the weather was shocking (and nearly everyone on board was seasick) I was still inspired to do a postgraduate diploma in Natural History filmmaking at Otago Uni. My first film was about Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins, then I spent 6 months filming NZ’s solo dolphin, Moko, for a documentary, Soul in the Sea. (www.soulinthesea.com)
Thanks!! And support from Wade & Jan Doak for the revival of Project Interlock...
12/08/2017 at 8:56 AM
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"Good luck, Amy, hope you reach your goal. 🍀🍀🍀"
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"Can't wait for the trip out. Well done Amy and Mike. Hope the pledges keep coming in. "
2017-08-31 21:00:58 +1200
"Kiwi - Dolphins - Boat - Coromandel"
2017-08-31 20:54:16 +1200
"Exciting times Amy, Mike & Jai. Ciaran, Lola and me look forward to visiting you soon. X"
2017-08-31 17:35:31 +1200
"Hope this helps!!!"
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"All the best Amy and Mike :-) I can't wait to see her in action ! xoxoxo "
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"you are a super star, amy. awesome and good on you. happy to send you my cv for second mate job lots of love from your land locked friend. "
2017-08-27 20:18:13 +1200
"Good luck and I wish you every success! What a brilliant project. I might see you out on the water 😀"
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"All the best with this project, excited to see it happen! "
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"We can't wait to see your new venture unfold! "
2017-08-15 09:04:56 +1200
"Looking forward to seeing the progress...awesome project!!!"
2017-08-14 22:09:48 +1200
"You are awesome my dear friend! An inspiration! Can't wait to come sailing with you and create some awesome memories! Love ya! : ) XO"
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"This dream is a dream shared. I love it and absolutely have to be a part of it. So excited. Go Amy and your hubby 💕💚💜❤️💙💗"
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"Follow your 🐬dreams, I wish you all the best and know you will do great work "
2017-08-11 14:46:59 +1200
"Good luck with the project Occy. "
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"Best wishes from a friend of Pete Bethune in the U.S. Bring that beauty back to life!!! "