The Dolphin Survey Project was established at Cambridge University with Professor Sir Richard Harrison to monitor dolphin populations worldwide.
IDW facilitates data input from a wide variety of professional and amateur dolphin watchers around the world. IDW co-operates with organisations monitoring cetacean populations in the North Sea and introducing people to observational and recording procedures.
All research by International Dolphin Watch is non-intrusive. No research is conducted with captive dolphins.
IDW actively lobbies governments worldwide - pressing for laws to be upheld where they are infringed and urging for changes in legislation that will help to save dolphins and protect the marine environment.
IDW is actively involved in education and produces an Education Pack.
IDEAL (Integrated Dolphin Education and Learning) is based on a fictional dolphin named Dilo who fires the imagination and makes learning joyful for teachers, parents and children - including those with special educational needs. Please also see our online books. Click here.
IDW is researching dolphin healing and investigating ways in which the benefits of swimming with wild dolphins can be recreated artificially.
IDW collects and publishes information on opportunities for dolphin watching worldwide.
Dolphin Watching Guidelines
IDW advocates guidelines on how to behave in the presence of dolphins for boat users and those who want to watch or swim with dolphins.
Dr Horace Dobbs
Founder of International Dolphin Watch.
What do you know about dolphins?
Register as a Friend of IDW (It’s free)
Click here to find out how
When you register as a Friend of IDW you will become a member of a global family of dolphin devotees who want to help dolphins and share their enthusiasm with others. Friends of International Dolphin Watch receive news and exchange information on a host of topics including bargains via Monthly Email Newsletters. Friends of International Dolphin Watch can use the website to share stories about their personal dolphin experiences, projects and fund raising events. They can also contribute to one of our most popular website features - A World Wide Guide on where you can meet dolphins and possibly swim with them.
Adopt and Watch
IDW has a one-off dolphin adoption package which includes a booklet on where you may watch your adopted dolphin swimming free in the sea.
Dilo is a mischievous dolphin who’s story is told in a series of books by Horace Dobbs.
Operation Sunshine Family Therapy Programmes
Registered Charity Number 1121315
IDW supports Operation Sunshine, a charity set up to help families with special needs.
Opportunities for Volunteers
IDW announces, as and when they arise, openings for voluntary work with dolphins.
IDW offers careers guidance to those who wish to work with dolphins.
IDW has a mail order shop which stocks a range of books and dolphin goodies
An invitation from Horace Dobbs
Watch our dolphin swim clip
Photos & Art
Lots of dolphin photos