Adopt a dolphin

Every year, thousands of dolphins accidentally drown in fishing nets.

Dolphins are generally social creatures that live in groups – called pods – which can contain hundreds of individuals. These charismatic and intelligent mammals are found in most oceans around the world – as well as in some of the world’s largest rivers.

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Your adoption really helps

Animal adoptions like yours give a huge boost to our work. They help fund projects to work with local communities to monitor dolphin movement and reduce human-dolphin conflict.

Protect these incredible animals and receive:

Cuddly dolphin toy

Cuddly toy

An optional soft toy to love forever.

My Dolphins magazine

Regular updates

Both Wild World and My Dolphins magazines will keep you up-to-date three times a year.

Fact pack

Fact pack

Packed with facts, bookmarks and stickers.

A wonderful gift at any time of year

A wonderful gift

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


Map of Dolphins range

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

300,000padolphins, porpoises & whalesfishing related deaths

Fishing

Dolphins can get accidentally caught or entangled in fishing gear and drown – this is known as bycatch.

Dolphin silhouette

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.

Human silhouette

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.

85KM²Dolphinhome range

Loss of prey

Overfishing of our seas is reducing dolphin prey, so they’re left with less to eat.


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

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.


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