The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI) is a marine science center for research and training in cetaceans (dolphins, whales and porpoises) and marine birds ecology and behaviour in Atlantic waters (Galicia, NW Spain).

Our mission since 2005 is: to STUDY marine biodiversity and to EDUCATE scientists, students, decision-makers, and the public. BDRI scientists conduct research across a wide range of subject areas that link marine predators (cetaceans, otters, and marine birds) ecology with their physical environment, society and population dynamics, explore their interaction with human activities, and investigate their behaviour and acoustic communication.

The incredible diversity of cetaceans present in Galicia (22 species recorded) allows the BDRI team to have several ongoing research projects focused on the study of the ecology and behaviour of bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises, Risso's dolphins, common dolphins, striped dolphins, pilot whales, killer whales, humpback whales, minke whales, sei whales, fin whales, and blue whales). Moreover, Galician waters are home of hundreds of species of birds and of the Eurasian otter, allowing BDRI researchers to study their ecology.

In addition to the marine research activities, the BDRI undertakes rigorous educational programs providing work experience opportunities, internship positions, volunteering, training courses, and university project placements for bachelor and master students throughout the year.

For regular updates with photos and videos about our programs and research activities feel free to visit our Facebook page.



So, if you want to be a part of this unique experience and are a person who is interested in going abroad and obtaining hands-on experience in dolphins, whales, and porpoises research, boat based field work, intensive training while having fun and meeting people from all over the world, then you should consider to participate in one of our programs.


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