Caring for our dolphins and bays

Our dolphins share their home with 5 million people. A future with this growing to 8 million by 2050, added to the extremes of a changing climate, will threaten the future of all our marine treasures.

We need leaders like you to support our Research, Education and Leadership programs to help protect our marine treasures, especially our dolphins, whales and bays.

There are no short-term, simple fixes. We need decades of leadership, innovation and action. This is why supporting the Dolphin Research Institute with a proven record of achieving outcomes, is so important.

Since 1991 we have worked with the community and government to protect our dolphins, whales and remarkable bays. Five thousand young coastal leaders are testament to our award-winning ‘i sea, i care‘ School Ambassador Program.  You can trust us to have an impact.


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December 16, 2018

Popes Eye and Australasian Gannets

Popes Eye is a living oasis between Portsea and Queenscliff on the tip of the Great Sands facing the Rip.  It is a horseshoe-shaped structure of bluestone boulders, the result…
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December 16, 2018

Southern Port Phillip

As you leave or return to Sorrento, it's hard to realise that Southern Port Phillip is really a giant sandbank with narrow channels that allow vessels to navigate.   The map…
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October 29, 2018

Australia’s very own International Marine Superstar!

Weedy Seadragon - Victoria’s Marine Faunal Emblem All of Australia’s living marine treasures are special  - but there is a very special resident found only in southern Australian waters. This…
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September 16, 2018


Port Phillip Heads is the remarkable opening to Port Phillip where ships and incredible volumes of water pass in and out of the bay.  Peak of tidal flows over 7…
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September 16, 2018

Protecting Dolphins – Ticonderoga Sanctuary

Protecting our bay's dolphins takes requires understanding the risks through research and delivering change through education and working with the community and government.  This is what the Dolphin Research Institute…
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September 16, 2018

Portsea Hole

About 500m out from Portsea Pier is a deep underwater canyon called Portsea Hole. It is a mecca for divers, with a giant wall dropping from the surrounding seabed of…