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"In Their World... On Their Terms..."

Happy Earth Day!

To celebrate Earth Day, every day this week we will post one thing to social media that we are doing to help our planet. We hope that what is shared will give you ideas of how you can help too. We encourage you to comment with the things that you do. At the end of the week, we will gather all the ideas and put them in a blog post for everyone to refer to throughout the year. Follow us Facebook Instagram Twitter

"Today we are talking about PLASTIC - one of the biggest pollution problems. We know a lot of you have heard about reusable grocery bags, but have you considered getting reusable produce bags? These bags are one more way we can cut down on the plastic we use." - Cassie Volker, Research Assistant

In the spring, WDP staff joined several educational community events as well as offered talks and presentations to local groups. Please contact us to schedule a presentation or to attend your community event. Call 561.575.5660 or email

(Left) February - The Grass River Garden Club, located in Delray and focuses on the environment, hosted a special presentation by Research Assistant, Cassie Volker.  Approximately 75 people were in attendance. (Right) March - WDP attended Coastal Fest in Jupiter, Florida. This event was coastal themed, free, and family friendly. Visitors enjoyed learning about WDP's research, received a free book and newsletter, and learned how researchers identify dolphins using visual cues from our ID catalog. 

(Left) April - The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals. Soul-stirring stories and grand sweeping vistas give us a sense of place and what it means to be responsible stewards of the earth. Over 800 people attended this 2-night event. (Right) March -  PBS’s Changing Seas offered a live screening of “Dolphins: Breaking the Code” at The Deering Estate in Miami. Approximately 100 guests attended this screening. Research Director and WDP Founder, Dr. Denise Herzing, and Board President, Drew Mayer, answers questions from the audience following the film. (Watch the episode online)

Trip #2 (May 21-29)

Our field research season is beginning to fill up but we have ONE open spot on Trip #2 in May!  Grab your snorkel gear and passport and join us!

Join us for 9 days in the Bahamas studying and observing dolphin communication and behavior in the wild. Simply email your contact information and preferred trip number or trip dates to Our coordinator will reply confirming availability and provide application paperwork and payment information.

Trip 2 (May 21-29) 1 spot available
Trip 6 (July 16-24) 2 spots available
Trip 9 (August 27-Sept4) 5 spots available

Summer Trip Information

Help us establish a citizen science program  Donate on Wednesday, April 24th is a citizen science platform with a visual matching system already in place for whales, manta rays, and whale sharks. We would like to establish one for the Atlantic spotted dolphins! Our research team already manually matches spot patterns but we would like to solicit dive boats, other researchers, and ocean enthusiasts to upload their photos and sighting information into the wild books database so that we can better understand the ranges of the dolphins in our study areas.

We’ll be participating in the Great Give on April 24th, an online 24-hour giving event and we are asking friends of WDP to help fund this project.

The initial set up and costs for us to get online with this tool is around 5k. We have begun the initial stages of setting up this tool but we need your help. Please donate on the 24th. Your donations are matched 1:1.
This video illustrates the vital role long-term research provides dolphins in the wild, such as Lamda. Your support helps us learn more about dolphins and the environment in which they live. The more we learn, the better equipped we are to help protect them "In Their World... On Their Terms..."
Eavesdropping to Find our Lost Dolphins 

We have been tracking the same resident community of dolphins for over 34 years. In 2013, 50% of our resident dolphins went missing. In 2018 we deployed some eavesdropping devices, in one of our most remote areas, to record dolphin sounds for a two-month period. 
Read more and donate by clicking below.

Dr. Denise Herzing has dedicated her career to studying a community of wild Atlantic spotted dolphins that live in the shallow, crystal clear waters of the Bahamas. Through non-invasive, in-water observation, she researches the animals’ social structure, behaviors and communication. Now modern technology is making it possible to correlate the dolphins’ sounds and behavior, bringing Herzing and her collaborators closer to decoding dolphin communication.

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