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Please exercise caution before deciding to swim with dolphins. Many programs exploit dolphins or capture dolphins through inhumane practices. Consider a dolphin-watching tour that respects these marine mammals from the comfortable boundary of a boat. Remember never to feed or harass wild dolphins and to never throw trash in the oceans. Many animals will mistake it for food and it can cause them life-threatening injuries or death. Plastic bags are especially dangerous to marine animals. 


Chinese Pink Dolphin
Facts and pictures on the endangered river dolphin, Sousa chinensis.


Coastal Dolphin Survey Project
Costa Mesa, CA
Project's goal is "to learn and educate others [about] the population dynamics, biology, and ecology of the coastal bottlenose dolphin population and their habitat in southern California."


Discovery Cove (swim with dolphins)
Orlando, FL
Vacation destination created by SeaWorld Orlando where guests interact with dolphins. 


The Dolphin Institute
Honolulu, HI
Organization "dedicated to dolphins and whales through education, conservation, and research."


The Dolphin Project
Savannah, GA
"Nonprofit, all-volunteer organization engaged in conducting a long-term, scientific study of Tursiops truncatus primarily along the coast of Georgia."


The Dolphin Project
Coconut Grove, FL
Organization that opposes keeping dolphins in captivity.


Dolphin Quest (swim with dolphins)
Hawaii, French Polynesia, Bermuda
Facilities in which visitors interact with dolphins in order to "learn more about their own important role in preserving our fragile marine ecosystems."


Dolphin Research Center
Marathon Shores, FL
"Not-for-profit education and research facility, home to a family of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions."


Dolphins around the World
Pictures and facts of several species of dolphins, including highly-endangered river dolphins.


Dolphins: Oracles of the Sea
ThinkQuest site that covers Evolution & Taxonomy, Anatomy, Behaviour, and the relationship between Humans & Dolphins. Includes detailed information on river dolphins.


Earth Island's International Marine Mammal Project
Organization that strives to "eliminate dolphin mortality caused by the international tuna fishing industry . . . [to] stop the resumption of commercial whaling worldwide . . . [and to] protect the habitat of whales, dolphins, and other marine species."


Hong Kong Dolphinwatch
Information on the highly endangered
Sousa chinensis, the Chinese white (or pink) river dolphin.


Human Dolphin Institute
Panama City Beach, FL
"Dedicated to the better understanding of humans, dolphins, and their relationship. . . focus is on education and conservation so that an interactive relationship can be maintained in the best interest of both species."


International Dolphin Watch (IDW)
Organization "dedicated to the study and care of dolphins, especially their relationship with humans."


Pacific Cetacean Group
"Independent California based organization dedicated to increasing our knowledge of marine mammals and promoting the conservation of their marine habitats through scientific research and education."


River Dolphins
Brief list of various species of river dolphins.


Volunteer placement organization based in South Africa. Connects volunteers to projects in dolphin, whale and seal research. 


Panama City Beach, FL
Information on human/dolphin interaction programs, including swimming with dolphins.


Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS)
"Charity dedicated to the conservation and welfare of all whales, dolphins and porpoises." Information on field projects and on how to adopt a dolphin or whale.


Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises, and Whaling Reading Lists
List of reading references from the Smithsonian Institution.





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