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.

The 4th Annual Outer Banks Shrimp Cookoff to benefit the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research was held on Sunday November 3rd from 12:00-3:00 at Ocean Boulevard in Kitty Hawk. Click here for competition results!


Looking for the perfect holiday gift this spring? 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!


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…


Since July, coastal bottlenose dolphins along the U.S. east coast have been experiencing an unusual mortality event where record numbers of dolphins have stranded along the beaches. As of August, this event has reached the Outer Banks, NC. 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? Check out the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research at the upcoming OBX CARES (Tuesday April 22nd at the Outer Banks Brew Station) and Earth Fair OBX (Saturday April 26th at Coastal Studies Institute)!


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