Adopt a dolphin and naming initiatives will allow BDRI to promote conservation and management of dolphin populations in Galicia, Spain.

Through the work of the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute, the bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) sighted on the coast of Galicia will be identified individually through a technique called Photo-identification. For a small contribution to BDRI, you will be able to adopt a dolphin. If you want to go a step further, you can even name your very own bottlenose dolphin for yourself or a family member or friend.

Each adoption costs 50€ and lasts for one year. Check the dolphins that are available for adoption. Each dolphin naming costs 200€ the first year (next years are like a normal dolphin adoption) and that name is permanently entered into BDRI’s database. After being named, that dolphin will then enter our adoption program as a new biography.

Ordering a BDRI Bottlenose Dolphin adoption or naming a dolphin will mean that you are supporting vital marine mammal research. Both packets include a personalised certificate including a photo of your adopted (or named) dolphin, a Bottlenose dolphin fact sheet, biographies of your adopted dolphin, information about your adopted dolphin and our research, 1 Bottlenose Dolphin soft toy, and the BDRI's wallpaper.

Adopt a dolphin

The BDRI Adopt a dolphin Project needs your help so researchers can continue their exceptional work studying the bottlenose dolphins that live along the coast of Galicia. Learning more about these marine mammals and the threats they face will increase their chances of survival.

The money raised through our adoption scheme goes towards the research of the BDRI, the pack materials are produced directly by the group itself, which means that all the profits go directly to the research effort where they are most needed.

PAYMENT METHOD: You can adopt a dolphin, make a donation or buy BDRI's items in Euros with additional expenses included.

Payments can be made both with credit card via PayPal (plus 3.9% of additional PayPal expenses) or on by bank transfer to:

BIC (BANK INDENTIFICATION CODE): BSCH ES MM xxx IBAN: ES59 0049 1647 5127 9008 0570

Both the receipt of the payment and the adoption form should be enclosed to the e-mail that you send



Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI
Av. Beiramar 192, O Grove, Pontevedra 36980 - Galicia, Spain.
Tel. +34 886 310608
Tel. +34 605 521441


The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute is a marine science centre for Research, Education and training in cetaceans’ ecology and behaviour. Students and volunteers can participate in hands-on research on wild bottlenose dolphins and other cetaceans along the north-western coast of Iberian Peninsula (Galicia, Spain). The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute offers through the Internship, Volunteer and Field research Course programs hands-on experience in marine mammal research, boat based field work, intensive training and mentoring in marine ecology. It is a great opportunity for interested individuals to go abroad and participate in the BDRI programs during their gap year or to learn about cetacean’s ecology and behaviour during the holidays. The education and training programs will all take part on the north-western coast of the Iberian Peninsula (Galicia, Spain), a true marine biologist’s paradise. Any reproduction of the photographs, art, or other contents is prohibited without written permission.


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