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Protecting our Precious Marine Life

Through steady action, we will ensure a bright future for our dolphins, whales and their environment.

Protecting marine mammals needs real impact in four areas

Our commitment to you is to always strive to achieve tangible impacts on your behalf:

DOLPHINS AND WHALES – knowledge for wildlife management.

THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT – coastal pollution and resilience to climate change.

THE COMMUNITY – foster citizen science, leadership and behaviour change.

DRI – build capacity and sustainability to drive long-term programs.

Find Out About The Impacts You Help To Achieve

We stand proud, working with Victorians since 1991 to build a unique community of scientists, educators, students, interns, volunteers, businesses and donors. Together, we are part of something larger and extraordinary. With our combined efforts, we can provide a healthy future for Victoria’s unique marine life.

What we do

Our programs areas work together to achieve impact.


for conservation
Providing information about the health, trends and concerns for dolphins and whales in our region.


for future generations.
Building an informed and caring community of champions for Victoria’s marine treasures.


is our compass.
Ensuring our programs achieve impact and develops future leaders through our i sea, i care and intern programs.

How can you help?

When you support DRI, you help to protect some of the world’s most loved creatures and their environment.


Adopting a dolphin is one of the most special ways you can help protect Victoria’s most loved creatures and their marine environment.

Commit to Dolphin Distancing

Make your commitment to set an example by respecting dolphins while you are on the water.

Report Sightings

Report sightings of dolphins and whales and become a citizen scientist.

Recent News Articles


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DD Update

DD May 2024 Update DD is dolphin #13 in our catalogue and one of our…
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Poke Update

Poke May 2024 Update Poke is one of the original common dolphins we discovered in…
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Violet Update

Violet May 2024 Update Violet was first seen in Port Phillip in 2015 and has…
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Tall Fin Update

Tall Fin May 2024 Update Tall Fin, fondly referred to as one of the “OGs”…
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V-Nick Update

V-Nick May 2024 Update V-Nick, fondly referred to as one of the “OGs” aka originals,…
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Position on Wind Farms

Position on Windfarms The Dolphin Research Institute have carefully formed a position statement on the…

It's time to make nature our priority. Let's change the world together.

Every little bit helps the greater good of the world.

We have a long track record of wide-reaching effects.