The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI is a marine science and education centre committed to conserving the diversity and integrity of marine life to meet the needs of current and future generations. To meet this aim BDRI researchers carry out field research projects and provide scientific and educational support.

Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), are protected by European law, but in order to develop effective protection guidelines, education and research is necessary to find out much more about the dolphins, and the pressures they face. The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI) in Galicia ( Spain ), concentrates its efforts on the study of these animals because they are predators at the top of their food chain. Their well-being therefore provides an excellent indication of the health of the entire ecosystem on which they, and we, depend.

In addition, it is vitally important for cetaceans conservation to study coastal populations, such as those found in our study area. Interaction with fisheries is a serious problem worldwide. Answers to these important questions such as these are invaluable and can only be answered from long-term, detailed study of bottlenose dolphin populations.

There are many groups claiming to support research on dolphins and these claims are often enough to attract considerable financial support from a well-meaning public. However, many of these organizations actually do very little or no marine mammals research.

Researchers publish their results in scientific journals to advance and summarize their knowledge. If an organization soliciting funds for scientific research is actively publishing, your donation may help scientists make discovers with impacts on scientific knowledge and conservation.

BDRI members seek to contribute to the understanding and dolphin conservation, expand the public's knowledge and concern for our marine environment, and add to the knowledge base of bottlenose dolphins through the scientific analisys of collected field data. One of the core aims of the BDRI is to find out more about wild cetaceans (dolphins and whales) through different non-invasive (that does not disturb or harm the animals) research techniques.

The BDRI is not a tour operator or dolphin watching organisation, but a well-organised team of researchers. BDRI is partner to ACCOBAMS, the UNEP's Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area.

A donation to the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute will contribute in the possibility to carry out our research and accomplish our main objectives.

We hope that this information gave you more insight in our work and that it is a confirmation of that your donation will be used for a good cause.

Donations can be made both with credit card via PayPal or on by bank transfer to:

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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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