Adopt a Bottlenose Dolphin

BDRI researchers have identified and followed over 400 individual dolphins since 2014 in Galician waters. 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.

 

Bottlenose dolphins are often found near the coast and are therefore threatened by human activities such as fisheries and marine traffic. The bottlenose dolphin is a species listed in the European directive as a species to be studied and whose living area is to be protected. Thanks to your support, you contribute to the study of the ecology and behaviour of dolphins in order to allow the development of conservation measures.

 

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.

 

The donation to adopt a dolphin is 50 and is valid for one year. You can also choose to donate 200 €, which would allow you to name the dolphin you adopt (the name will then be permanently stored in our database). You will receive an Electronic Adoption Kit by email, an eco-friendly and quick way to distribute these important documents.

 

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

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 one of these special dolphins (below) you would like to adopt and send us an email at info@thebdri.com

Please indicate in your email:

- Which dolphin you would like to adopt

- The date of adoption (date appearing on the certificate)

- The name of the person "adopting" the dolphin (the recipient of the adoption certificate)

- If you wish to name the dolphin, the name you would like to give to the dolphin.

 

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 5 working days hours to receive your electronic adoption kit.

 

Note: We usually answer within 48 hours. If you don't receive our answer in your inbox, please check your spam folder.

 

CHOOSE "YOUR" DOLPHIN

Choose from more than 40 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).

 

  1. Adopt a dolphin

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

    ID-Code: O9

    Sex: Female

    O9 is young female that has raised 3 calves since 2014! She is occasional seen in the Ria de Arousa, as she also spend time around Vigo. It is common for dolphins to be sighted in different Rias in Galicia, and she may be teaching her calves to be independent, by taking them to explore different waters.

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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 an 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. 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: no name assigned (you can give a name)

    ID-Code: O6

    Sex: Female

    O6 is a young female that is always taking care of her calves. Apart from O6 teaching her calves how to catch different prey, O6 is mostly occupied with her calf showing it the importance of socialising with other dolphins of a similar age. She is always incredibly busy teaching her calf different behaviours!

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    NAME: Ghost (named by Martina)

    ID-Code: A4

    Sex: Male

    Ghost 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 the 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: Maximus (named by Adrián)

    ID-Code: X1

    Sex: Male

    X1 is a young and playful male first observed in 2015. He is always up to his usual craziness of flying through the air, and this time we have a great pictures to show you just how high he can jump! It’s always a great pleasure to see him.

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    NAME: Sophie (named by Martine)

    ID-Code: A5

    Sex: Female

    A5 is a female first sighted in the Ria de Arousa in 2014. She has raised 2 calves since then, and she is currently nursing a third one since 2020! A5 loves to spend time in the inner part of the ria searching for her favorite prey. She is very often observed in the company of her best friends, who are also females caring for their calves.

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    NAME: Oliver (named by George)

    ID-Code: B3

    Sex: Male

    Oliver 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 calf who still swims close to her to learn all the tricks of how to being 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: Sophie (named by Sophie Dryburgh-Larouche)

    ID-Code: K1

    Sex: Female

    Sophie is regularly seen in the northern part of the Ría de Arousa, keeping herself busy with the company of other female friends and their calves. She has had 3 calves since 2014, that love spending time with other dolphins of their age!

    Adopt a dolphin

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

    ID-Code: A9

    Sex: Male

    A9 being one of the oldest males in the Ria, is sometimes seen with his friends but most of the time by himself. We all need time to recharge by ourselves and it's okay to be alone from time to time for some peace and quiet. He loves hunting in the inner part of the study area, even going up in rivers to catch some lampreys!

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    NAME: Patius (named by Zoraida)

    ID-Code: B6

    Sex: Female

    Patius 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: Phildelphia (named by Sophia)

    ID-Code: B9

    Sex: Male

    Phildelphia 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: X4

    Sex: Female

    X4 has been sighted for the first time by our research team in 2016. Since then, she has been seen about 50 times in the Ria alongside several of her calves! She is a caring mother and pursues to be her social self, by always being surrounded by friends.

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    NAME: Zarandonga (named by Sara)

    ID-Code: O8

    Sex: Female

    Zarandonga is a gregarious and playful young female, mother of a 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: Colón (named by Ágata)

    ID-Code: I3

    Sex: Male

    Colón 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 dorsal fin along with a thin white marking its edge. 

    Adopt a dolphin

    NAME: Katie (named by Jim and Melanie)

    ID-Code: J9

    Sex: Female

    J9 is a regular visitor of the Ría de Arousa and mother of a 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: E6

    Sex: Female

    E6 is an experienced female often found alone with her calf. She loves showing her flukes when diving! When E6 shows us her flukes, we can also identify her by some skin marks which can be seen just before the tail (peduncle).

    Adopt a dolphin

    NAME: Tomeu (named by Kym & George)

    ID-Code: C2

    Sex: Male

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

    Adopt a dolphin

    NAME: Aurora (named by George)

    ID-Code: I2

    Sex: Female

    Aurora 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.

    Adopt a dolphin

    NAME: Ocean Sky (named by Suzy)

    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.

    Adopt a dolphin

    NAME: Leyre (named by Fernando y Leyre)

    ID-Code: J1

    Sex: Female

    Leyre 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: Leonard (named by Roger & Alejandra)

    ID-Code: E3

    Sex: Male

    Leonard 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: R8

    Sex: Female

    R8 is a social female teaching her own calves some important socializing and feeding skills. R8 is displaying a tail-slap, which can be used to startle fish. Mothers like R8 show these behaviours so that their calf can learn from them. It is important for calves to learn how to interact with other dolphins as they may need their friends help to look for fish!

    Adopt a dolphin

    NAME: Mármara (named by Laura M.)

    ID-Code: J2

    Sex: Female

    Mármara 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.

    Adopt a dolphin

    NAME: Tacotu (named by Kym)

    ID-Code: G3

    Sex: Male

    Tacotu loves to spend time socialising and feeding in big groups where he can compete and play with other males. Tacotu 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.

    Adopt a dolphin

    NAME: Shangboulés (named by the French High School of Shangai)

    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 quiet 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: Marco Star (named by Kelley)

    ID-Code: H2

    Sex: Male

    Marco Star 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: Candy (named by Daniel W.)

    ID-Code: O4

    Sex: Female

    Candy 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.

    Adopt a dolphin

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

    ID-Code: E5

    Sex: Male

    E5 is a adult male, resident of the ria de Arousa. He is often seen enjoying the company of others, even being a part of groups of more than 20 individuals. He loves hunting for prey in very shallow waters, close to rocky shores!

    Adopt a dolphin

    NAME: Sophie (named by Sophie M.)

    ID-Code: G5

    Sex: Female

    G5 is an active and playful young female. She is mother of a calf born in summer 2019. She is often seen in small groups of young females with their calves and few males in the Ria de Arousa and surrounding waters. She is a very social dolphin and she loves to spend time foraging and socializing in these coastal waters.

    Adopt a dolphin

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

    ID-Code: G8

    Sex: Female

    G8 is an old female that comes from time to time to the Ría de Arousa. She displays some discoloration on her skin (which you can see in one of the pictures) that might be due to a lack of pigmentation! She has been seen with 3 calves since 2014!

    Adopt a dolphin

    NAME: Nina (named by Kym)

    ID-Code: S9

    Sex: Female

    Nina is one of the most loved young females that regularly visit the Ría de Arousa. She is a caring mother that has raised three calves since 2014. The oldest one, has become an independent young female that likes to play and socialise with other young bottlenose dolphins. Nina is often seen in mixed groups of males and females in the Ria de Arousa and surrounding waters.

    Adopt a dolphin

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

    ID-Code: A7

    Sex: Female

    A7 is a loving mother resident of the waters of the Ría de Arousa. She is currently nursing a calf born in 2019, but also had 2 other calves between 2014 and 2018. She is often found in shallow waters searching for fish and even enters harbours on some occasions. We regularly see her with other females nursing their calves.

    Adopt a dolphin

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

    ID-Code: A8

    Sex: Female

    A8 is a young female that cared for her first calf in 2014. Since then, this calf is now independent with his own group of friends. A8 has had several other calves, for which she cared 2 years for each of them. She is often found in the Ría de Arousa but also in the Ría de Pontevedra.

    Adopt a dolphin

    NAME: Speedo (named by Mélanie)

    ID-Code: I9

    Sex: Male

    I9 is a young male regularly sighted interacting with other individuals of a similar age and showing off his best moves. We managed to get him right in action! He is usually very busy catching up with his best friends on different days. I9 continues being adventurous, but always has his best pals by his side, which means double the fun.

    Adopt a dolphin

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

    ID-Code: I5

    Sex: Female

    I5 is a social female that loves spending time with groups of males. She had a calf in 2014 that is now independent and she is now nursing a second calf born in 2019. She spends a lot of time along the shore of the Ría de Arousa in search of prey.

    Adopt a dolphin

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

    ID-Code: J3

    Sex: Female

    J3 is a young and social female that loves to be surrounded by other dolphins of her age. She has been seen at least 80 times since 2014 so far and continues to be just as social and has even gained more scars from interacting with other individuals!

    Adopt a dolphin

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

    ID-Code: H9

    Sex: Female

    H9 is a loving mother that gave birth to a male calf in 2014. Calves usually spend about 2 years with their mothers in Galicia, but he has been alongside his mother for 7 years! She is teaching her calf to be independent, by taking him to explore different waters!

 

Adoptions can be made by bank transfer in Euros with additional bank expenses included to:
Bank name: BANCO SANTANDER
Bank address: Rua Castelao 23 - 36980 - Grove (O) - Pontevedra, SPAIN
Account holder: BDRI
BIC (BANK INDENTIFICATION CODE): BSCHESMMXXX
IBAN: ES30 0049 7826 4225 1000 1303

 

Please indicate a "Donation dolphin" as a payment reference when initiating a bank transfer (the payment reference is a message to the beneficiary, here the BDRI, about your donation).

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  • 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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