The Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research, established in November 2008, is a 501 c(3) non-profit organization engaged in a long-term photo-identification study of bottlenose dolphins in the northern Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Our research is a continuation of a photo-identification study conducted for more than 11 years aboard the Nags Head Dolphin Watch. We seek to learn more about the population ecology, movement patterns, and behavior of coastal bottlenose dolphins in the Outer Banks and to expand public knowledge and concern for these marine mammals.
Our scientists also collaborate with other marine mammal scientists along the western Atlantic coast in order to further understand their long-range movement patterns.
The Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research is gearing up for the 2017 season! Volunteers are needed to assist with our boat-based research surveys and outreach efforts.
Photo Identification Training – Sunday, March 19, 2017 ; 4:00 – 5:30 PM , Kitty Hawk, Darlene’s House
Photo Identification Training – Wednesday, April 19, 2017 ; 6:00 – 7:30 PM ; Kitty Hawk, Darlene’s House. Sign up for volunteer training online