New Program - Trainer Experience!

Join trainers on the docks and interact with dolphins in this exciting, half-day adventure. Includes swimming with dolphins! Click Here to Learn More!

Research Rocks!

Co-Founder Mandy Rodriguez Cheers Talon in the "Less" study. Current Research

This Could Be You!

We offer a variety of educational, exciting interactive programs including swimming with dolphins! Click Here to Learn More

Wheeee!

Dolphins of all ages swim, splash and play in their natural seawater home at Dolphin Research Center. Areas of Study

Natural Beauty

Spend an hour or the day experiencing dolphins & sea lions at our beautiful facility in the fabulous Florida Keys. Plan Your Day

A Double Rainbow!

Rainbow, one of the largest, most athletic of the DRC pod, soars in the beautiful sky in front of a colorful rainbow. Help DRC

Undying Love

Co-Founder Mandy Rodriguez can still be seen playing with his animal family after 30+ years. Our History

Lovely Lady

In addition to dolphins, DRC is also home to four California sea lions, including Karen. read more
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Dolphin Research Center offers many ways, including swimming with dolphins, where you can interact with dolphins and sea lions. Use the slider below to see the programs and click on the photo to learn more or make a reservation.
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Hug a Sea Lion

Price: $30 plus all-day admission. No advance reservations. First come first served basis on the day. 
Ages: 5 Yrs and Up. Participating adult (18+ Yrs) must accompany children 5-7 Yrs 
Duration: Approximately 10 mins in habitat including your hug 

Have you hugged a sea lion today? Here's your chance!
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Research Spotlight

DRC's staff and dolphins are currently working on a number of cognitive and behavioral research projects that relate to their overarching goal of mapping the dolphin mind and understanding how dolphins think and learn. Check here to see what's in the research spotlight, publication announcements and details of DRC findings. This information is also featured in a bi-monthly newsletter for members.

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College of Marine Mammal Professions

The CMMP, the College of Marine Mammal Professions, offers an Associate of Science Degree in Marine Mammal Behavior, Care and Training, with the intention of expanding and offering other degrees within the field of marine mammal professions. Established in 2012, CMMP was conceived in response to the limited availability of licensed and accredited professional educational programs that prepare individuals for careers regarding the behavior, care and training of marine mammals.

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DolphinLabs for You

Our DolphinLab programs offer a combination of educational seminars, workshops, demonstrations, in water and hands-on learning activities with our dolphins, sea lions and staff family. Three DolphinLab programs, DolphinLab Adult, DolphinLab Teen and DolphinLab Group, are available and suited for any learning level. Some DolphinLab programs also offer the unique opportunity for participants to earn college credit while swimming with dolphins.

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Group DolphinLab

Our DolphinLab programs offer a combination of educational seminars, workshops, demonstrations, in water and hands-on learning activities with our dolphins, sea lions and staff family. Three DolphinLab programs, DolphinLab Adult, DolphinLab Teen and DolphinLab Group, are available and suited for any learning level. Some DolphinLab programs also offer the unique opportunity for participants to earn college credit while swimming with dolphins.

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For Teachers

Dolphin Research Center offers many educational opportunities for teachers, including in-classroom curriculum with detailed lesson plans and opportunities for group visits and field trips. Discovering Dolphins, a CD-ROM for grades K through 8, includes curriculum, hand-outs, photographs, sound recordings and more. Explore DRC's resource library for teachers as well as information on outreach and distance learning.

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Marine Mammal Info

Explore detailed marine mammal information including guides on dolphins, sea lions, manatees, training marine mammals and strandings. Learn about dolphin acoustics, anatomy, culture, communciation, maternity, natural history and physiology and discover what sea lions and manatees eat, where they live and all about their senses.

Hot Topics
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Hot Topics

Marine mammals fascinate people.  They inspire us in countless ways and motivate us to be concerned about their welfare -- those in the wild as well as those in human care, such as the dolphins and sea lions that live at Dolphin Research Center.  Sometimes people disagree and are passionate in their opinions.  We understand.  Dolphin Research Center is passionate about the wellbeing of marine mammals everywhere!  It is the foundation of everything we do.  In today's world, there are many debates and, unfortunately, a wealth of misleading, often deliberately incorrect information.  This Hot Topics section is presented as a resource to learn about Dolphin Research Center's position on some of these debates and to share correct information.  

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Manatee Rescue

Dolphin Research Center is the only Manatee Rescue Team in the Florida Keys authorized by the state and federal governments to assist manatees in distress. Learn about DRC's role in manatee rescue, how you can help and what to do if you encounter a manatee in the wild or in distress. Meet Bonnie, Dually, Douglas, Patsy, Kiandra, Jasmine, Ocean Reef, Nadia and Scott, some of the manatees who have been aided by DRC.

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How You Can Help

Get tips from the DRC on conservation including recycling tips, information on ocean dumping and toxins, the dolphin and tuna problem, interacting with wild dolphins and how to eat smart seafood. There are lots of areas where your choices can contribute to the good health of the planet (that includes you and me, your family, your pet, the DRC dolphins and all other life on Earth).

Membership
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Being a Dolphin Research Center Member includes free annual admission, newsletters, online access to our Members Only website, special event invitations, discounts at our onsite and online Gift Shops, and other benefits depending on membership level. Membership is great way that you or, as a gift, someone special can support DRC by becoming a member of our extended family.

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Our Mission - Through education, research and rescue, Dolphin Research Center promotes peaceful coexistence, cooperation and communication between marine mammals, humans and the environment we share with the well being of DRC's animals taking precedence.