Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research

The Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research, established in November 2008, is a 501 c(3) non-profit organization engaged in a long-term photo-identification study of bottlenose dolphins in the northern Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Our research is a continuation of a photo-identification study conducted for more than 11 years aboard the Nags Head Dolphin Watch. We seek to learn more about the population ecology, movement patterns, and behavior of coastal bottlenose dolphins in the Outer Banks and to expand public knowledge and concern for these marine mammals.

Our scientists also collaborate with other marine mammal scientists along the western Atlantic coast in order to further understand their long-range movement patterns.

One internship position is currently available with the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research/Nags Head Dolphin Watch for the summer of 2015. Click here for more information about this opportunity!

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Our Adopt a Dolphin Kits make great presents while supporting dolphin conservation in the Outer Banks! Click here to learn how to sponsor an Outer Banks dolphin!


The Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research recently received a grant from The Outer Banks Community Foundation to create, in collaboration with the NC Aquarium, educational dolphin conservation signs. The signs will be displayed at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island and Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, NC. Visit the NC Aquarium in Manteo and Jennette’s Pier to check out the signs this spring…they are slated to be completed in April 2015!


The 5th Annual Shrimp Cookoff was held on Sunday November 2nd from 12-3 pm at Ocean Boulevard in Kitty Hawk! Click here for the results…







In summer 2013, coastal bottlenose dolphins along the U.S. east coast experienced an unusual mortality event where record numbers of dolphins stranded along the beaches. The event reached the Outer Banks, NC in August 2013. For more information about these strandings, click here. The Outer Banks Marine Mammal Stranding Response Team responds to marine mammals strandings from Currituck County, NC south through Hyde County, NC. For more information on how to report a marine mammal stranding in the Outer Banks, click here.


Looking to learn more about dolphins in the Outer Banks? Join us on FaceBook at Onion, A North Carolina Dolphin for updates on the Outer Banks dolphins this summer!


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