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V-Nick is one of Port Phillip’s common dolphins. She is a champion mother having three calves since she was first identified in 2008. They were in 2009, 2013 and 2019. She has a very recognisable v-shaped notch on the tip of her dorsal fin.

We tell they are mothers by finding them repeatedly in photographs with a very little calf. Like in the photo here taken in February 2020. The doesn’t have the light stripes  left from creases in its skin after being curled up before birth. They fade completely by 4 months, telling us that it is quite a few months old and would have been born in 2019.

Adopt-A-Dolphin is a wonderful gift for a loved one, yourself and of course, our dolphins and bays.

DRI gives dolphins a voice - our family a voice - and a positive way to support marine life and conservation.

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Join the Adopt-A-Dolphin Family HERE

Adopt-A-Dolphin membership is a wonderful gift for a loved one, yourself and of course, our dolphins and bays.

Members receive a certificate with a glorious image of Poke on the front (as above) with more information about V-Nick and our other resident dolphins on the back. Packs also include our most recent Snapshots, whale and dolphin information and a Dolphin Distancing sticker. Child packs include a dolphin moneybox and a sun hat.

Membership is for 12 months and is comprised of a $10 membership and a $88 tax-deductible gift. On the anniversary of joining, we send an invitation to renew support, which can be sent to you or the recipient of your gift, depending on your choice. (Postage is additional, if you chose to have a package delivered).

Adopt-A-Dolphin supporters become Associate Members of the Dolphin Research Institute and receive news, updates and VIP invitations to Institute events and more!

Collage items not to scale. UV-safe hats SM/Med or L/XL.

Watch DRI rescue an entangled calf in Port Phillip.