The Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research, established in November 2008, is a 501 c(3) tax-exempt 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.
Looking for the perfect gift this spring? Our Adopt a Dolphin Kits make great gifts and support dolphin conservation in the Outer Banks! . Click here to learn how to sponsor an Outer Banks dolphin!
Thanks to a recent grant from the First Flight Rotary Foundation and our recent Shrimp Cookoff Fundraiser, the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research has purchased a new research vessel! Click here for details…