Updates

The 8th Annual Outer Banks Shrimp Cookoff will be held on Sunday November 5th from 12-3 pm at Ocean Boulevard in Kitty Hawk, NC! All proceeds benefit the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research. For updates on the event, click here!

This fall, the Wells Fargo Community Connection Grant Program awarded a grant to the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research! The grant money will be used to create a fund for repairs and maintenance to our research vessel, the Li’ili’i Nai’a.

The Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research was recently awarded a grant by the Outer Banks Community Foundation to create outreach displays about local dolphin conservation at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, NC and the North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island! Click here to learn more about the signs and be sure to check out these locations this spring to learn more about the Outer Banks dolphins!

The OBXCDR Spring 2015 newsletter is here! Created by our volunteer coordinator, Liah McPherson, the newsletter covers research updates, survey and outreach schedules, info on board members, and more! Click here for an electronic copy of our newsletter.

In 2013, coastal bottlenose dolphins along the U.S. east coast experienced an Unusual Mortality Event (UME). In the Outer Banks, NC 27 dolphins stranded along the oceanside beaches during the month of August. Additional information about this event is available here. To report a live or dead dolphin, whale, porpoise, or seal, please call The Outer Banks Marine Mammal Stranding Network at 252-455-9654 and provide the following information:

1) Your name and phone number

2) Location of the animal (exact address or cross street and/or Lat/Long if available)

3) Alive or Dead

4) Body Condition (fresh or really decomposed)

5) Approximate size/how many people would it take to lift it?

Do NOT attempt to push a marine mammal back out to sea. Most strandings occur when a marine mammal is sick or injured. Pushing the animal back can put both you and the animal at risk. Thanks for your support!

The Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research was recently featured in the Virginian Pilot’s The Coast. Click here for details.

Thanks to funding from the 2nd and 3rd Annual Shrimp Cook-offs and a recent grant from the First Flight Rotary Foundation, the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research has purchased a new research vessel! In February 2013, we began conducting our dolphin surveys from the Lili’i Nai’a. To get involved as a volunteer, click here!

Bobby Gentry, President of the First Flight Rotary Foundation, presents a grant to Jessica Taylor, Scientific Advisor of the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research to purchase a new research vessel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lili’i Nai’a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research contributed articles to the North Beach Sun local newspaper about dolphin research in the Outer Banks. Read more about the Outer Banks dolphins in the North Beach Sun:

A Day in the Life of an Outer Banks Dolphin

Leaping Dolphins and Common Sense

Read about Outer Banks dolphin research in the Outer Banks Sentinel, click here.