The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI began conducting research on marine mammals ecology and behaviour from its creation in 2005.

From 2014, the BDRI moves to Galicia and takes a step and increases the quality of not only the research performed, but also of the centre locals and vessels. We have learnt just enough to begin asking the right questions, and we are now beginning to understand the intricacies of the natural behaviour, ecology, social organisation and many other aspects of the daily lives of these fascinating creatures in the wild.


Current studies by the BDRI research team principally focus on the coastal cetacean species frequenting the inshore waters of the outer Arousa Firth, namely the bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise, and common dolphins. We will like all these years study the behaviour and communication of dolphins and the interaction between these wonderful animals and human activities. However, a new area like Galician coast 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. Our programs are conducted under a Research Permit issued by the Department of Environment of the Galician Goverment as part of our cooperation with the CEMMA (national networking for the study of marine mammals). Each year the Institute reports to CEMMA detailing the data collected and results obtained under the permit, prior to having a new permit issued. 


Additional studies by the BDRI have also been conducted in Italy, Spain and Abu Dhabi to date. The most recent development is a new study in the Arabian Sea of the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins and Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins with the support of the Environmental Agency of Abu Dhabi. In co-operation with other research institutions and environmental agencies, ongoing studies continue to provide fundamental scientific data for the adoption of long-term management measures and conservation strategies for the protection of coastal cetacean populations worldwide.


BDRI researchers address a wide range of questions to form a multi-dimensional picture of the marine mammals behaviour and ecology and its relationship to the rest of the planet, including human society. The BDRI research has a multidisciplinary approach where we currently focus on four main research projects:



To view some of our recently published research work visit the links bellow:


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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 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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