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Adopt a dolphin


Violet is one of Port Phillip’s remarkable common dolphins (Delphinus dephis). She was named after a very special supporter.

She is a champion mother having four calves since she was first identified in 2008. They were in 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2020.

We tell they are mothers by finding them repeatedly in photographs with a little calf. (Violet is in the background). The lack stripes on this calf are left from creases in its skin from being curled up before birth. They fade after weeks or months, telling us that this litte calf is a few months old.

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.

Loyal donor.

Adopt-A-Dolphin members receive a certificate with a glorious image of Poke on the front (as above) with more information about Poke 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 inclue 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!

Watch DRI rescue an entangled calf in Port Phillip.