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What is The Dolphin Project  (TDP)? 

Founded in 1989, it's the longest running and largest ALL-Volunteer, non-profit (501c3) Research, Education and Conservation organization dedicated to the protection of the wild, estuarine Bottlenose dolphin and our shared environment. TDP follows the guidelines of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA)  and conducts Photo-ID dolphin research.

The Dolphins Are Waiting!! 

Our TDP Bottlenose Dolphin research is back on course. We hope that you’ll join us in this prestigious study.  The 2023 survey dates are posted on this website calendar.

If you are interested in participating in Photo-ID research surveys, please review the information on the Training page and check the Calendar link for available Zoom Training Workshop dates. Training and Membership are prerequisites for survey participation. Volunteers are also needed for Education Outreach events. 

There are many ways to help the dolphins and TDP

Become a member 

Members range from 12 to 95 years of age. They come from all walks of life, and all over the U.S. We share a common love of the environment and a sense of adventure. Members can participate in dolphin research, education outreach events and conservation programs through our environmental partnerships.

Adopt A Dolphin

Dolphin adoptions are great gifts, and help to support the work to protect the estuarine dolphins.  


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