Welcome to The Wild Dolphin Project

The Wild Dolphin Project is a non-profit scientific research organization that studies and reports on a specific pod of free ranging Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis). Since 1985, Denise Herzing has been studying dolphin communication in the wild. Objectives of this long-term, non-invasive field research on wild dolphins are to gather information on the natural history of these dolphins, including dolphin behaviors, social structure, dolphin communication, and habitat; and to report what we have learned to the scientific community and the general public.

Blog Feature: Life in a Dolphin Pod: Male Social Structure

Click on the link above to read an article by Bethany Augliere, WDP Research Assistant about the male social structure in a dolphin pod.  Stay tuned for a blog on the female social structure…

Spotted Open Mouth Behavior

This male coalition is going head to head and displaying an open mouth to the male bottlenose, an aggressive posture. The presence of male coalitions in spotted dolphins has shown to determine the success of aggressive encounters with bottlenose dolphins. It takes about 6 spotteds to chase away 1 bottlenose.