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Belize: Bottlenose Dolphin Research

Join researchers on a week-long program to study bottlenose dolphins in Belize. No prior research experience is required.

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Note: We have combined this volunteer vacation with our other volunteer program studying coral reefs at St. George's Caye. Check out our all new Belize: Ocean Wildlife Volunteer Program.


  • Learn dolphin research techniques through hands-on participation side-by-side with researchers.
  • Contribute to Oceanic Society's long-term research on bottlenose dolphins in Belize.
  • Support efforts to protect dolphins and other wildlife in a proposed marine reserve.
  • Family-friendly program suitable for ages 12 and above.

In 1992, Oceanic Society began a long-term study of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) aimed at documenting their abundance, distribution, and behavioral ecology in Belize. Our research began in the Drowned Cayes region, later shifting to Turneffe Atoll. In 2016 we returned to an original study site where more than 100 individual dolphins have been previously identified.

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