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.

October 2021

We hope that you and your family are staying safe and as healthy as possible as we begin to emerge from the pandemic. Even though we have not been able to work on our usual dolphin observation activities, we are continuing our work to protect the estuarine dolphins in any ways that we can until we are able to go back to our dolphin research program. We can still do education and we can work with other conservation groups to protect the environment that the dolphins live in. Training, a prerequisite along with membership in TDP for survey participation, has resumed, and is currently being done online via Zoom.  We are looking forward to restarting our dolphin surveys, and to having more people join us. If you are interested in the survey, please see the details below for registratio

What's New?

The Bottlenose Boutique is now open!!!

Be one of the first to get a TDP Dolphin Research shirt!

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MEMBERS range from 12 to 95 years of age. They come from all walks of life, and all over the U.S., because 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.

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