ABOUT THE BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN RESEARCH INSTITUTE - BDRI -
The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI is a small private research and educational centre dedicated to the understanding and conservation of cetaceans and the marine environment in which they live. The Institute's BDRI centre was originally founded in Sardinia, Italy in 2005. However, since 2014 we have opened a new facility in our original location in O Grove; on the shores of Arousa Firth, Southern Galicia in Spain. This transformation has considerably improved our ability to care for and study marine mammals, providing a collaborative work environment for staff, students and volunteers from all over the world. Our research programs have helped us to understand the threats facing the dolphins and to develop strategies to manage these threats.
In addition to the marine mammals research activities of the BDRI, the institute also undertakes a rigorous educational programme throughout the year. It is actively involved with volunteers, colleges and universities – providing work experience opportunities, internship positions and university project placements for Bachelors and Masters students throughout the year.
BDRI members seek to contribute to the understanding and conservation of dolphins, expand the public's knowledge and concern for our marine environment, and add to the knowledge base of bottlenose dolphins through publications of collected and analysed field data. Using study techniques that neither harm nor seriously disturb the animals, BDRI's researchers are engaged in the conduction of a long term study about the ecology and behaviour of a bottlenose dolphin population, as well as collecting detailed information about their environment.
Since 2014 we have opened a new facility in our original location in O Grove; on the shores of Arousa Firth, Southern Galicia in Spain. This transformation has considerably improved our ability to care for and study marine mammals, providing a collaborative work environment for staff, students and volunteers from all over the world.
In this new research Area, the BDRI take a step and increase the quality of not only the research performed, but also of the centre locals and vessels. As we have many years of experience, the quality of the research will be kept to a maximum as always, however, now we will have the opportunity to discover new waters, species and interactions. We will like all these years study the behaviour and communication of bottlenose dolphins and the interaction between these wonderful animals and human activities. However, a new area offers us to also take on new projects and a more diverse range of issues and species. Furthermore, as the Galician coastline is known for frequent strandings of various cetacean species, the BDRI will be a part of an important network for rescue and data collection from these stranded animals.
The BDRI is dedicated to this goal, having produced numerous scientific publications, and presented the work through frequent public and professional presentations. Moreover, How can we help something we do not understand? In order to spread this information, the BDRI has understood the importance of our educational programs. Hence, knowledge is directly connected to protection and conservation.
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