• They have a lot more to teach us.

    We've learned a lot with your help. But there's still so much we need to know to protect our wild dolphin neighbors.

    Give to dolphin research at the Cape Lookout Studies Program.

  • Sea Turtel sick and injured from fishing line

    You can stop this.

    Protecting marine wildlife is within your reach.

    When you give to put monofilament recycling bins within reach of conscientious boaters and anglers.

  • Harbor seal in need

    Save lives, reduce suffering, learn more.

    It's a win, win, win – when you support our Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

    Please give generously to the Cape Lookout Studies Program.

  • Cetacean Studies

    Inspire curiosity.

    What does it take to get students interested in science and conservation? Your help.

    Please give generously to support Cetacean Studies and the Bonehenge rearticulation project.

Surprise Donation to Help Wild Dolphins

Written by Keith_Rittmaster. Posted in Donate, Education, Thank You / Volunteer

Marissa McCabe, an elementary school girl from Wake Forest, NC learned about our program of Monofilament Recycling and Recovery . On her own she created a very catchy ‘save the dolphins’ campaign. This is the info that she circulated.And, to add to the appeal she made small change purses for people collecting their ‘Change for Change’. When they donated their money, they could keep the purses. Here are pictures of both sides of the purse.

Her card reads: “Change for Change”. Bottlenose dolphins are getting entangled in discarded fishing line. This is killing and harming these beautiful dolphins off the NC Coast. Please consider donating the change you collect to protect this precious marine wildlife.

What a wonderful, thoughtful and caring act of contributing Marissa did. Thanks, Marissa, maybe you will inspire others.

2008 Thank you donors, volunteers, contributors and collaborators.

Written by Tursiops. Posted in Thank You / Volunteer

Listed below are individuals/groups whose generosity helped sustain the Cape Lookout Studies Program in 2008 by providing a 25′ Sea Cat boat, boat cushions, printer ink, photo paper, office supplies, car batteries, guitar, hand soap, pistachios and other food, notebooks, XM Radio subscription, web hosting fees, web site maintenance, database maintenance, assorted hardware, boat fuel, boat use, $16,517 in cash donations/grants, and approximately 2,000 hours of volunteer time:

Adrienne Hopson

Allen Brooks

Amy Thullen

Andrew Lloyd

Ann and Ted Odell

Ann Rivers

Anthony Snider

Arielle Waldstein

Ashley Brooks

Ashley Everington

Barbara Cohea

Ben and Elizabeth Hawks

Beth Bockoven

Beverly Waite

Bonnie Monteleone

Brent and Kelli Creelman


Bruce + Pudge McCutcheon

Bubba Sanderson

Bud and Anna Doughton

Budsin Woodcraft

Cape Lookout Nat’l Seashore

Carl Spangler

Carolina Cay Maritime Found.

Carteret Co. Wildlife Club

Charles and Kay Lewis

Cheryl Toles

Clay and Ada Shields

Clifford Rice

Coastal Community Market

Connie Owens

Corey Shake

Craig Harms

D.A. Ballou

Dail Bridges

Dana and Ralph Gilliken, Jr.

Danielle Waples

Daphne Littiken

David and Bobbi Brown

David and Michelle Altis

Dean and Pam Richmond

Dee Holt

Denise Greer

Daine and Loran Baxter

Dick Barmore



Donald Fulcher

Donough Philips

Doug Snyder

Elizabeth Hawkes

Elizabeth White

Ella Holderness

Friends of the Museum

George Waller

Girl Scout Troop #843

Glen Lewis

Green River Preserve

Melissa Gosnell

Harry and Val Preddy

Haywood and Mary Holderness

Hugh Wilde

Jack and MC Jenkins

Janet Frye

Jean Richter

Jean Sarnacki

Jim and Beth Maxwell

Jim Daria Waples

Jim and Amy Thullen

Joe and Sue Kreuser

John Altman

John and Catherine Mennear

John and Ruane Langton

John and Sandra Atkins

John Brewer

John Mattos

John Russell

Julie and Steve Jones

Julie Dougherty

Karen Altman

Karen Hattman

Karen Roos

Keith Rittmaster

Kelly Stewart

Kim Jones

Kim Merrels

Kyla Basher

Leo Brody

Leslie Cooper

Lisa and Jim Rattray

Lora Fasolino

Lynn Sutherland

Margaret Harker

Margery Rittmaster

Matthew Godfrey

Melanie Lessard

Melissa Gosnell

Merle and Sharon Miller

Mike Bertino

Miriam Sutton

Museum of Coastal Carolina

Nan Bowles

NC Aquarium, PKS

Nelson and Patti Owens

Nevin Norris

NOAA Fisheries

Paul Miller

Paul Nader

Paula Gilliken

Peggy and Bobby Pleasants

Pene DiMaio

Pete Pucella

Ralph Merrill

Richard Meissner, Jr.

Robin and Angie Pittman

Roger Rittmaster

Sam Bryan

Scott Taylor

Stamps Transou

Steve Hassenfelt

Steven and Sarah Downing

Steven Nader

Sue Stuska

Tabbie Nance

Terry Greene

The Lookout Foundation

Thomas Ahern

Todd McLeish

Todd A. Stuart Foundation

Tom and Carolyn Schultz

Tom Kirmeyer

Tom Lenweaver

Triangle Community Found.

Vic Fasolino

Victoria Thayer

Woody Warburton

Zack Ogden



Click here to visit our Thank You page – dedicated to the supporters, volunteers, backers and collaborators of the Cape Lookout Studies Program.

2007 Thank you donors, volunteers, contributors and collaborators.

Written by Tursiops. Posted in Thank You / Volunteer

Listed below are individuals/groups whose generosity helped sustain the Cape Lookout Studies Program in 2007 by providing a boat trailer, a boat t-top, 3 pickup trucks, torque wrench, office supplies, hand soap, note books, fire extinguishers, propane, flatbed trailer, lumber, photo paper, hand tools, 2 SCUBA tanks, SCUBA regulator, waterproof Pelican case, surf wax, shovels, latex gloves, face masks, 2 coolers, 2 five gallon gas tanks, XM Radio subscription, web hosting fees, copier paper, plates, forks, power drill, skil saw, 2 cast nets, 2 tool boxes, 1st aid supplies, 2 boat windshields, coffee cups, web site maintenance, database maintenance, books, note cards, lots of assorted hardware, boat fuel, boat use, food, $7,635 in cash donations/grants, and approximately 2,000 hours of volunteer time:

Allen BrooksAmy Sauls

Ann Hice

Ann Rivers


Barnabas Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation

Beverly Beebe

Bob Jones University


Bruce McCutcheon

Bud and Anna Doughton

Cape Lookout Environmental Education Center

Cape Lookout Nat’l Seashore

Carl Spangler

Carolina Estuarine Research Foundation

Casablanca Partners

Cindy Gill

Crystal Coast Business Supply

David/Bobbi Brown

Elizabeth Basnight


Friends of the MuseumGirl Scout Troup # 884

Girl Scout Troup # 843


Graham Barden

Green River Preserve

Haywood + Mary Holderness

Hugh + Harriette Wilde

Janet Frye

Jim and Amy Thullen

John + Sandra Atkins

John Russell

Keith Rittmaster

Kelly Stewart


Kim Merrels

Lookout Foundation

Margaret Harker

Mark Bassinger

Mark Wise

Marsh’s Surf ShopMike Campbell

Miriam Sutton

Nan Bowles

Neal and Dana Mochel

Nelson Owens

NC Aquarium, PKS

NOAA Fisheries

Penny Larson

Progress Energy

Richard Meissner, Jr.

Roger Rittmaster

Salem Norris

Sam Bryan

Sam Warburton

Scott Taylor

Stamps Transou

Tom Kirmeyer

Vicky Thayer

Virginia/Wayne Yee

William Transou

Click here to visit our Thank You page – dedicated to the supporters, volunteers, backers and collaborators of the Cape Lookout Studies Program.

Thanks for helping us to replace the Blazer

Written by Tursiops. Posted in Donate, Thank You / Volunteer

New wheels for the Cape!


Thank you Donors!  |  Donor List

Blazer  It took a long-time volunteer and friend like John Brewer to know just what we needed in a vehicle for the museum’s field station at Cape Lookout. “Let me help you find a good truck for a great program” he said. And it took the thoughtfulness and generosity of the donors listed here. So when the Chevy Blazer (donated by Cherry Point MCAS) finally had to be retired this summer after 7 years of hard duty hauling people, gear, supplies, and dead whales at Cape Lookout, a loose conspiracy was formed to purchase a replacement vehicle for the Cape Lookout Studies Program. A



fundraiser led by long-time supporter Haywood Holderness raised $8,945 from 36 people from 6 states. This enabled us to purchase a 1984 4-wheel-drive Chevrolet Scottsdale pickup truck. John then spent 10 days customizing it for the Cape by building a top carrier, installing a bumper push bar, taking out the carpeting and weather-stripping (they trap sand, salt, and moisture), replacing electric window cranks and door locks with manual ones (the salt air at the Cape is hard on electronics), replacing worn-out parts, installing large tires on wide rims, and painting it top and


bottom, inside and out, with the most rust resistant coatings available. The result is pictured above. Thanks also to Kittrell’s Auto Parts in Havelock and Atlantic Auto Salvage for their help in this project. Thousands of students, young and old alike



will benefit from the generosity. If you’re feeling left out because you’re not included here, don’t worry, donations are being accepted for new projects!




$ 1000+ – DolphinRalph & Tabbie Merrill, Beaufort, NC
Bruce & Regina McCutcheon, Beaufort, NC
Bill Transou, Durham, NC
Bud & Anna Doughton, Raleigh, NC
$ 500+ – Sea TurtleHaywood & Mary Holderness, Durham, NC
John & Sandra Atkins, Durham, NC
Harriette & Hugh Wilde, Beaufort, NC
Tom Darden, Raleigh, NC
Steve & Pam Hassenfelt, Greensboro, NC
$ 200+ – PelicanGraham & Nora Barden, New Bern, NC
Sam & Nancye Bryan, Durham, NC
Mike Warlick, Stafford, VA
Jim Maxwell, Durham, NC
Woody Warburton, Durham, NC
John Brewer, Newport, NC
Margaret Harker, Morehead City, NC
Rusty & Mary Holderness, Tarboro, NC
Richard Meissner, Harkers Island, NCBlazer
$ 100+ – FlounderBob Barnhill, Tarrboro, NC
Alex Denson, Durham, NC
Ralph & Sue McCaughan, Durham, NC
Sally & Paul Ransford, Chapel Hill, NC
Sally Steele, Swansboro, NC
Penn Holderness, Orlando, FL
Nancy & Tom Reams, Richmond, VA
Dail Holderness, Raleigh, NC
Tom & Cheryl Walker, Longboat Key, FL
Elizabeth Kernan, Mill Valley, CA
Jack Jenkins, Morehead City, NC
Richard & Joyce Veazey, Stem, NC
Worth Dunn, Raleigh, NC
Mason Williams, Raleigh, NC
Sam Bass, Raleigh, NC
Keith Rittmaster, Beaufort, NC
$ 50+ – Fiddler CrabJulian Mann, Raleigh, NC
Walker Long, Chapel Hill, NC
$ 25+ – Mosquito