Welcome to The Wild Dolphin Project

The Wild Dolphin Project is a non-profit scientific research organization that studies and reports on a specific pod of free ranging Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis). Since 1985, Denise Herzing has been studying dolphin communication in the wild. Objectives of this long-term, non-invasive field research on wild dolphins are to gather information on the natural history of these dolphins, including dolphin behaviors, social structure, dolphin communication, and habitat; and to report what we have learned to the scientific community and the general public.

Upcoming Event: Dr. Herzing & Dr. Starner to speak in Atlanta in October 2015!

Please join us in Atlanta for an exciting update on our dolphin communication work!  This event will be held Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

For more information about this upcoming event, visit Georgia Tech’s website.  For more information about the Dolphin Communication work, visit our CHAT Research page.


National Geographic Magazine – May 2015 Issue

Read the NEW National Geographic Magazine article on dolphins titled, “It’s Time For A Conversation”, which was released April 15, 2015, featuring Dr. Denise Herzing and the Wild Dolphin Project.  You can also read National Geographic’s September 1992 Issue with the Wild Dolphin Project and Brian Skerry’s Blog while he was on board R/V Stenella in 2013.  For Media Inquiries regarding these articles or the CHAT system, please email media@wilddolphinproject.org.

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CHAT Research

Read more about the CHAT Research.


Dolphin Decoding/Communication

Read more about our effort to decode the dolphin’s natural communication signals.


Be Part of the Future:  Decoding and Deciphering Dolphins: Join The CHAT Society!

Read more about how you can help our CHAT & dolphin decoding research.


Dr. Herzing’s TED Talk – Over 1 Million Views!!!

Watch Dr. Herzing’s TED Talk regarding Dolphin Communication, which currently has over 1 million views!  To read more about the research, you can purchase Dr. Herzing’s book, “Dolphin Diaries“.


Donate Today!

Interested in donating toward the project and our research? Visit the Membership page for more information on member levels and associated perks. You can make a difference!  We also have a PDF with all of the benefits listed for each membership level.