Cape Lookout Studies Program

Focused on marine biological research, whale and dolphin conservation, and education for Cape Lookout and the North Carolina coast.

The Cape Lookout Studies Program (CLSP) supports area environmental education, research and conservation programs.

Our main programs include the Bottlenose Dolphin Photo-ID project, Monofilament recycling, Marine Mammal Stranding Response, and Bonehenge (Cetacean Studies)  which focuses on ongoing whale skeleton research and rearticulation projects.

The dedicated CLSP team is always looking for opportunities to learn more about the coastal environment, educate the public, and take an active roll in conservation efforts for the Atlantic Coast. This is why we are now planning to take our research and work to the next level!

An exciting new project is on the horizon: The Bonehenge Whale Center in Beaufort, NC.  Bonehenge will be the facility from which we base our research and prepare and display our exhibits. Here, we will also have the opportunity to further expand our efforts in marine conservation, educational programming, outreach, publications, and stranded specimen collection/maintenance focusing on NC cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), past and present.

Click here to learn about the Cape Lookout Studies Program and the people who make it possible.

The website is maintained by CLSP volunteers. Images and information is used with permission of Keith Rittmaster, Director of the Cape Lookout Studies program for the NC Maritime Museums – and from the individual volunteers, photographers, Friends of the Museum, and contributors. Click here to visit the museum’s official blurb about the Cape Lookout Studies Program.

North Carolina Maritime Museum LogoNCDCR logoNCDENR logo, whale and dolphin conservationCLSP is a division of the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, NC. through the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

  • 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.

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