• 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.

Photo-ID Game

This is an archived page from the old website, the new Bottlenose Dolphin page is under construction and will be online soon!

Bottlenose Dolphin Photo-Identification
North Carolina Maritime Museum

We use dorsal fin photography to identify individual dolphins by their scars and notches. Using this method, we have been able to monitor the presence of individual dolphins from as far back as 1985. We have also been able to track movements of individual dolphins as far as central Florida to our south and Virginia Beach to our north.

Bottlenose Dolphin Photo-Identification

To return to the Photo ID page, click here

All photos by Keith Rittmaster, NC Maritime Museum.

Fin Matching Game by Carlos Tirado

Fin Matching Board Schematic

Return to the Bottlenose Dolphin Photo-ID Project page!

All photos by Keith Rittmaster– Director, Cape Lookout Studies Program.

Fin Matching Game created by Carlos Tirado.