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amanda4882
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Hi All,
Does any one know where the Communication Research Institute Inc used to be located on STT?
It was a dolphin research center ran by John C. Lilly in the 1950s and 60s.
Thanks

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Topic starter Posted : July 26, 2008 2:16 am
dntw8up
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CRII was in Nazareth Bay from 1960 to 1968. They mostly tested the effects of hallucinogens like LSD on dolphins.

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Posted : July 26, 2008 2:34 am
davidryder
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Wow this is really interesting!

It was not until March 1960, with the opening of Dr. John C. Lilly’s Communication Research Institute in Nazareth Bay, St. Thomas, that bottlenose dolphins were again held locally captive. Eight animals were brought from Florida to the laboratory until the Institute closed in 1968. They were used for experiments on sound mimicry and the effects of hallucinogenic drugs (mainly lysergic acid diethylamide or LSD) on the dolphin brain and its vocalizations. Lilly (pers. comm.) and Jeffrey and Lilly (1990) reported a number of irregularities that occurred in the treatment of these animals, including animals fearing humans unless on LSD, two animals dying from
pulmonary infections and injuries from falling, another dying from internal injuries and a head concussion after being washed out on a storm, and five dolphins dying from what Lilly termed “suicide deaths” due to self-starvation or self-suffocation. Additional details on the laboratory and all the dolphins there are noted in Lilly (1961; 1962; 1967; 1975), Lilly and Lilly (1976), Jeffrey and Lilly (1990).

http://www.suagm.edu/umet/red/MigCapt98CJS.pdf

amanda4882, do you have any more information on this facility? Is the building still standing?

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Posted : July 26, 2008 5:40 am
East Ender
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The "Dolphin House" is the centerpiece of the new Dolphin Cove development. You can Google them, I don't want to do any advertising for them. (td)

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Posted : July 26, 2008 11:13 am
davidryder
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The "Dolphin House" is the centerpiece of the new Dolphin Cove development. You can Google them, I don't want to do any advertising for them. (td)

I'm guessing this is spun a bit?

The Dolphin House Beach Club is a historic rebuild of the home scientists used to train dolphins to find underwater mines during the Cold War. We are rebuilding the structure as a private oceanfront restaurant and bar that will service the Dolphin Cove community. The location will offer one of the most spectacular views of Nazareth Bay with St Croix in the distance.

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Posted : July 26, 2008 1:55 pm
Sabrina
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It seems like there is no limit to the atrocities committed in the name of science!

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Posted : July 26, 2008 5:56 pm
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