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Your adoption really helps

Animal adoptions like yours give a huge boost to our work. They not only help fund projects working with fishing fleets to promote the sustainable use of our seas and minimise the number of animals accidentally caught but also fund our other vital work around the world.

Protect these incredible animals and receive

Dolphin Cuddly Toy

Cuddly Toy

An optional soft toy to love forever.

Dolphin Fact Pack

Fact Pack

Packed with facts, bookmarks and stickers.

Dolphin Regular Updates

Regular Updates

We'll keep you updated on how you're supporting our vital work including sending your adoption updates three times a year.

Dolphin Gift

A Wonderful Gift

Give a gift that will help to protect the future of dolphins and their habitats.

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Bottlenose dolphins can be found world-wide in tropical and temperate waters, inshore and offshore. Bottlenose dolphins were once considered widespread around the UK but their range has now declined.

Threats

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FISHING

Dolphins can get accidentally caught or entangled in fishing gear and drown – this is known as bycatch. Dolphins also get hit by ships and injuries can prove fatal.

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NOISE DISTURBANCE

In the ocean, noise travels further and louder under the water than it does in the air. Noise – from ship engines and seismic surveys – can stress and physically damage dolphins, and disrupt their natural behaviour and navigation.

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POLLUTION

Pollutants not only make dolphins sick, reducing their ability to fight infections and diseases, but also reduces the health of the habitat, and the ecosystems they’re part of.

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CLIMATE CHANGE

The effects of climate change on marine food chains could have lasting impacts worldwide.

How We Can Help

We campaign for marine legislation that protects our seas and ensures that developments and activities at sea have as minimal an impact on marine ecosystems as possible.

We also work with the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust in Scotland to learn more about dolphins, whales and porpoises around the UK – so we understand how to best protect them.

We’re working with fisheries managers and governments worldwide to create, implement and enforce more sustainable fishing practices that reduce bycatch. This includes introducing more selective fishing methods, improving regulations and altering fishing gear.

Together with Unilever, we established the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) in 1997. MSC works with fisheries, retailers and others to identify and certify responsible and sustainable fishing practices around the world.

Your adoption and support will help us:

  • ensure marine policy and legislation improves management of UK seas, whilst protecting our valuable marine life, including dolphins
  • create more protected areas in key marine habitats and ensure existing protected areas are well managed to safeguard marine mammals including dolphins
  • support studies of dolphins in the Scottish Hebrides, including the Ileach dolphin pod
  • promote ways to reduce the accidental ‘bycatch’ of dolphins and other marine mammals by encouraging the use of selective fishing gear
  • fund our other essential work around the world

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Dolphins can tell the size, shape, distance, speed and direction of objects by producing clicking sounds and then receiving and interpreting the returning echos. This is called echolocation.

Last minute gift?

Dolphin Certificate
No problem! You can print or email a personalised gift certificate online to give on the day.

Free delivery

Your pack will be sent within 2 days - but allow up to 5 days for it to arrive. 

Next day delivery

Get your pack quicker for £5.59. Order before 12pm Monday to Friday for your pack to be delivered the next working day.
UK only and deliveries must be signed for.

Any other questions?

Take a look at our adoption FAQs