ADOPT-A-DOLPHIN

Help protect our dolphins and whales

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

The $98 membership supports our Research, Education and Leadership programs.

Choose your dolphin family

Meet five very special members of Port Phillip’s remarkable family of common dolphins.

Why are they remarkable? Well everywhere else in the world this species live in the open ocean, sometimes in super pods of many thousands.

Our research team first discovered them in our bay in 2005. Since then the community has grown to well over fifty. The rest of world is looking at our common dolphins with amazement.

Join us as a hero for our dolphins and whales.

“Violet”

is a champion mum of four and important and often-sighted member of our Bay’s common dolphin community since she was first seen in 2008. Violet is named in honour of a very special supporter.

MORE ABOUT VIOLET

“Poke”

is a champion mum of four and important member of our Bay’s common dolphin community. One of her calves survived a serious injury in its first year. Read more to Adopt Poke and her family…

MORE ABOUT POKE

“V-Nick”

is a champion mum of 3 and important member of our Bay’s common dolphin community. She has a very recognisable v-shaped notch on the tip of her dorsal fin. Read more to Adopt V-Nick…

MORE ABOUT V-NICK

“Tall Fin”

is the resident male and important member of our Bay’s common dolphin community. Join the Adopt-a-Dolphin program for a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the health and protection of our resident dolphins and the bays they call home…

MORE ABOUT TALL FIN

“DD”

is an accident-prone survivor and important member of our Bay’s dolphin community. DD was named for its damaged dorsal fin, possibly from a boat, when it was about a year old.
Read more…

MORE ABOUT DD

Adopt-A-Dolphin supporters are the heart of our organisation

This is what they say…

"We Adopt-A-Dolphin because we trust the team and believe in the work to protect marine life and the bays."

"We have been part of the DRI family for over 20 years now, and love the visionary approach."

"It has and continues to be such a rewarding journey."