Adopt a Bottlenose Dolphin

BDRI researchers have identified and followed over 200 individual dolphins since 2014. You can adopt one of the Galician' bottlenose dolphins, open a window into their watery world, and learn about their lifes and personality. If you want to go a step further, you can even name your very own bottlenose dolphin or dedicate it to a family member or friend.

 

Your symbolic adoption enables us to carry out research and educational projects that contribute to the knowledge and conservation of marine biodiversity. This is a perfect gift (for yourself or someone else) if you are looking for a fun but meaningful way to improve the lives of dolphins and the marine environment.

 

Dolphin adoptions cost 50.00€ and are valid for one year. Dolphin naming costs 150.00€ and the name is then kept permanently. You will receive an Electronic Adoption Kit by email, an eco-friendly and quick way to distribute these important documents. This also saves paper, envelopes and postage.

 

What is in your Electronic Adoption Kit? (electronic files including a video link and PDF downloads)

  • - Welcome letter and registration info
  • - A personalized official adoption certificate good for one year
  • - A PDF with the biography of your adopted dolphin with recent photographs
  • - Dolphin vocalizations from the Galician bottlenose dolphins as audio file that can be used as a ringtone
  • - Information Booklet with common bottlenose dolphin fact sheet and info about the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI
  • - A video featuring common bottlenose dolphins around Galician waters (NW Spain).
  • - A subscription to an exclusive Facebook group "Guardians of marine biodiversity" where we will keep you regularly updated about your adopted dolphin and our research programs. You can also follow our Facebook page where we post regular updates about our research and conservation activities.

 

CHOOSE "YOUR" DOLPHIN

Choose from 22 wild common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) studied by the BDRI with their own unique characteristics, life histories and personality traits. The dolphins available for adoption are recognized  individually by the natural markings on their dorsal fin and have been identified by BDRI researchers, as part of our long term bottlenose dolphin research program in Galician waters (NW Spain).

 

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    NAME: Tursio (name given by Atlantic Baroque Orchestra)

    ID-Code: A2

    Sex: Male

    Tursio is one of the first dolphins we identified here in O Grove in 2014. He is and adult male bottlenose dolphin easily identifiable by the large nick in the middle of his dorsal fin. Tursio loves to jump out of the water and play with his friends between the mussel rafts present in the Ría de Arousa.

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    NAME: Luna (named by Luciana)

    ID-Code: B2

    Sex: Female

    Luna is a young female and also a sweet and caring mother. Since 2014 she has had two calves. In the picture she is jumping with her calf 2 years old. Luna likes to catch her dinner around the mussel farming rafts in O Grove. When she dives down and you see her tail it means she took a very big breath and is going to chase the fish that like to feed around the mussels.

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    NAME: Ghost (named by Martina)

    ID-Code: A4

    Sex: Male

    A4 is a lively young male resident bottlenose dolphin in the Ría de Arousa, we often see him showing off his aerial skills near Arousa Island. Since we don’t get in the water with the dolphins, one of the easier ways of identifying the sex of an individual is to snap a picture of their underside during one of their incredible leaps out of water.

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    NAME: Dulce (named by Leila)

    ID-Code: B7

    Sex: Female

    Dulce is a young female and also a sweet and caring "babysitter". Dulce is often seen in groups of females and their calves and she is sometimes known to take care of other females´calves. Dulce is easily recognizable by the shape of her dorsal fin.

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    NAME: no name assigned (you can give a name)

    ID-Code: B3

    Sex: Male

    B3 is a curious and playful male who often comes closer to our small research boat during our surveys. Dolphins are very curious animals and will often play with pieces of kelp in the water and sometimes, unfortunately, even plastic debris they find floating.

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    NAME:Rosita (named by Lola)

    ID-Code: D8

    Sex: Female

    Rosita is an adult female bottlenose dolphin and she is a mother of a 2 year-old calf who still swims close to her in order to learn all the tricks of how to be a wild bottlenose dolphin. In the picture you can see Rosita and her calf with the head out of water. Rosita calf has been nursing about 18 months and now is learning how to catch fish. Calves in Galician waters usually stay with their mothers for 2 - 3 years.

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    NAME: no name assigned (you can give a name)

    ID-Code: B5

    Sex: Male

    B5 is easily recognizable by the various nicks and scars on his dorsal fin. He earned his nicks and scratches by playing and interacting with other bottlenose dolphins. He is often found in the waters near Ribeira at the entrance of the Ría de Arousa feeding with other dolphins.

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    NAME: Patius (named by Zoraida)

    ID-Code: B6

    Sex: Female

    B6 is usually very sociable in a group with lots of other bottlenose dolphins (males and females). She is the most inquisitive dolphin of the group who approaches the research boat first. She is easily recognizable by the bottom and top nicks on her dorsal fin.

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    NAME: name to be assigned by Sophia

    ID-Code: B9

    Sex: Male

    B9 is a very playful young male which we often spot jumping near Cambados. Why do you think he jumps so high? Leaps and bows are often a sign that dolphins are socializing or feeding, but some other theories include communication (through the noise of the splashes), to parasite removal.

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    NAME: no name assigned (you can give a name)

    ID-Code: O8

    Sex: Female

    O8 is a gregarious and playful young female, mother of a 2 years old calf, often seen with other bottlenose dolphins (males and females). She is a great hunter and is often seen catching fish close to A Toxa Island. She is easily recognizable by the various nicks on his dorsal fin.

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    NAME: name to be assigned by Ágata

    ID-Code: I3

    Sex: Male

    I3 is a young male who can often be spotted from the harbour wall at O Grove, feeding close to the shoreline. He is recognisable by a large nick on the top of his along with a thin white marking on the edge of the fin. 

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    NAME: no name assigned (you can give a name)

    ID-Code: J9

    Sex: Female

    J9 is a regular visitor of the Ría de Arousa and she is mother of a 1 year old calf. They have been a frequent sight in the southern coast of the ría close to Mexilloeira beach in O Grove. She is very sociable often being seen in groups with females and calves.

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    NAME: no name assigned (you can give a name)

    ID-Code: C2

    Sex: Male

    C2 is one of the oldest and more social male dolphins in the Ría de Arousa. He likes to
    socialise with in big groups where he shows his aerial skills. C2 is a very social animal and as a result his dorsal fin has suffered drastic changes over the past few years.

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    NAME: no name assigned (you can give a name)

    ID-Code: I2

    Sex: Female

    I2 is a young female that usually is present in groups with other females and calves, where she finds other females willing to babysit and where her calves will find young friends to play with. She regularly visits the quiet waters around Illa de Arousa and Mexilloeira shorelines.

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    NAME: no name assigned (you can give a name)

    ID-Code: E1

    Sex: Male

    E1 is a very social male dolphin that loves to spend time feeding with other males in the southern shores of the Ría de Arousa, close to Cambados and O Grove. In these areas, he will be able to find his favourite prey items, including grey mullets and several flatfish species. E1 is also regularly seen socialising with other dolphins in these areas.

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    NAME: no name assigned (you can give a name)

    ID-Code: J1

    Sex: Female

    J1 is one of the most loved young females that regularly visit the Ría de Arousa. She is a caring mother that has raised two calves since 2014. The oldest one, has become an independent young female that likes to play and socialise with other young bottlenose
    dolphins.

    Adopt a dolphin

    NAME: no name assigned (you can give a name)

    ID-Code: E3

    Sex: Male

    E3 is a young male dolphin that regularly visits the Ría de Arousa. He loves to spend his time with his friends between the mussel rafts, where they can find their preferred
    prey. Social interactions are important for young individuals and that is one of the reasons why E3 can be seen in big groups, where he can show his aerial skills and social behaviour.

    Adopt a dolphin

    NAME: no name assigned (you can give a name)

    ID-Code: J2

    Sex: Female

    J2 is a young and sociable female that is often seen in groups with other females and calves. She is a very inquisitive and curious dolphin and uses her time to help older females by taking care of their calves.

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    NAME: no name assigned (you can give a name)

    ID-Code: G3

    Sex: Male

    G3 loves to spend time socialising and feeding in big groups where he can compete
    and play with other males. G3 can be usually seen showing his hunting skills in the shallow waters around Illa de Arousa and in front of Cambados harbour, where he finds he feeds on grey mullets and flatfish.

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    NAME: no name assigned (you can give a name)

    ID-Code: M8

    Sex: Female

    M8 loves to spend time with her calve in big groups with other females and calves. She can be regularly seen in quite areas of the Ría de Arousa, such as the waters surrounding the Illa da Toxa, the waters along the northern shore of the O Grove peninsula or the southern shores of Illa de Arousa.

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    NAME: no name assigned (you can give a name)

    ID-Code: H2

    Sex: Male

    H2 is one of the oldest resident males of the Ría de Arousa. He is a very social
    and inquisitive dolphin that likes to know what other individuals are visiting the area. At the same time, he likes to socialise with other dolphins and he loves to regularly join new groups and spend some time with the different individuals that visit the Ría de Arousa.

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    NAME: no name assigned (you can give a name)

    ID-Code: O4

    Sex: Female

    O4 is an active young female. Although she has not had any calves of her own, she is often seen swimming with other female’s calves. She is a very inquisitive dolphin and she loves to spend some time in groups with other females and calves, where she can practice her babysitting skills and develop her parenting techniques.

 

Your symbolic adoption enables us to carry out research and educational projects that contribute to the knowledge and conservation of dolphins.

 

To adopt a dolphin just choose which of these special dolphins you would like to adopt or name and send us an email at info@thebdri.com

If you would like the adoption to be for someone else please indicate in your email.

 

Adoptions can be made by bank transfer in Euros with additional bank expenses included to:


Bank name: BANCO SANTANDER
Bank address: Pablo Iglesias, 2 - 36980 - Grove (O) - Pontevedra, SPAIN
Account holder: BDRI
BIC (BANK INDENTIFICATION CODE): BSCHESMMXXX
IBAN: ES4900492753192194063383

 

    The Electronic Adoption Kit is produced directly by the BDRI biologists, which means that all the profits go directly to the research effort where they are most needed. Please allow 36-72 hours to receive your electronic adoption kit.

 

YOUR ADOPTION REALLY HELPS

  • All funds we receive through our Adopt a Dolphin program go solely towards marine research and conservation programs.
  • Our scientific data are used by scientists to help manage marine ecosystems and to ensure Galician waters (NW Spain) remain a safe place for dolphins and whales for many years to come.
  • By adopting a dolphin you are making a choice to become a guardian for marine biodiversity and  will get to know and follow an individual dolphin.
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