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WDC and EON partner to develop virtual dolphin experience app

EON Reality Inc., the world leader in virtual reality based education, and edutainment apps has teamed up with WDC in a partnership aimed at increasing awareness of the threats facing whales and dolphins.

WDC are helping EON develop a virtual reality app for mobile devices, designed to provide a more engaging and interactive way to learn about whales and dolphins, wherever in the world you may be, and provide an insight into the plight of whales and dolphins, both in captivity and in the wild. Users will be able to view and interact with these beautiful creatures and see what their daily lives are like.

“Historically, the main way the public could experience dolphins and whales up close was through aquariums and water parks,” said Anna Lejerskar, Director of EON Reality’s Learn for Life Program. “Unfortunately, the captive mammals pay a very high price by being confined in order to give the public that experience. Thanks to augmented reality and virtual reality, anyone can see whales and dolphins in their natural environments (the wild), and are able to understand that these mammals have the right to exist as nature intends, not as humans decide.”

Virtual reality of the kind being developed by EON provides amazing opportunities to reach people with information about how amazing whales and dolphins are and how they need our help. We hope thousands of people download the app when it becomes available in a few months, and that it encourages them to support WDC and not to visit facilities holding whales and dolphins in captivity.

The introductory app will be free to download while additional educational applications will be for a fee, with proceeds going towards conservation activities.

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