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Please call us on 0844 736 0036 (8am - 10pm, 7 days a week) if you'd prefer to take out your adoption over the phone.

Your adoption pack:

A cuddly toy (optional)

My Dolphins and Wild World magazine 3 times a year

Factbook, certificate, bookmarks, stickers and more

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Every year, thousands of dolphins accidentally drown in fishing nets. Help us reduce the threats to these intelligent, inquisitive creatures.

How you're helping the dolphins

  • Ensuring the new UK Marine and Coastal Access Act improves management of UK seas, whilst protecting our valuable marine life, including dolphins
  • Creating more protected areas in key marine habitats
  • Supporting studies of dolphins in the Scottish Hebrides, including the Ileach dolphin pod
  • Promoting ways to reduce the accidental ‘bycatch’ of dolphins by encouraging the use of selective fishing gear
  • Your support will also help fund our other essential work around the world

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A cuddly toy (optional)

My Dolphins and Wild World magazine 3 times a year

Factbook, certificate, bookmarks, stickers and more

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More about Dolphins

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.

Location: Found world-wide

Habitat: Tropical and temperate waters, inshore and offshore

Wild population: We don’t know for sure, but there are strong indications that numbers are declining

The threats to dolphins

  • Accidental capture and drowning in fishing nets (bycatch)
  • Habitat degradation and pollution – including chemical and noise pollution which affects echolocation
  • Depletion of prey as a result of unsustainable commercial fishing
  • Collisions with ships – causing serious and sometimes fatal injuries

How your adoption can help:

  • £60 (or £5 a month) could pay for a Bottlenose Dolphin Officer to give a talk at 2 schools in the Scottish Hebrides - the future custodians of the area's marine wildlife
  • £120 (or £10 a month) could pay for organising and running of 1 beach clean for members of the public or school children - dolphins can swallow and become entangled in litter which can cause injury or death

The Ileach dolphin pod

This pod of bottlenose dolphins live around the Inner Hebridean Islands, off the west coast of Scotland. They are often sighted around the Island of Islay, which is how they got their name. The pod is made up of males and females and individual members are identified by markings on their dorsal fins.