Identifying dolphins

Photo ID is one of the best ways for researchers to understand a dolphin population, its social structure and migration patterns. Help us understand the dolphins of the Mediterranean Sea better by sending us your photos.

We are looking for high resolution photos that clearly show the dorsal fin or fluke (tail) of the dolphin, or any other parts of with distinctive markings.

This is a non-profit research project. Data will be used for research and conservation purposes.

Upload your dolphin photo
Please describe in as much detail as possible, where you took this photo. If you can, please us GPS coordinates ( converts addresses to coordinates) and include how far you think the dolphin was from you, and the direction you were facing when you saw the dolphin. E.g. 41 25 01N, 120 58 65W, dolphin 100m away north of my position If you don't have the above information, please provide as much information as possible about your location.
We will match submissions to existing photo ID catalogues. If your dolphin has not yet been catalogued, we can use the name you provide 🙂
Max file size is 67 MB.


Use the search bar to find a dolphin by name and use tags to find a dolphin by feature (e.g. left dorsal fin, scarring). The tag search works like this: if you select “scarring” and “nicks”, you will get a listing of all dolphins with scarring OR nicks. We understand that this is not terribly useful and are working at improving the tag search function. Thank you for your patience!

Click on the thumbnails for a larger picture. Then, if you would like more information, click on “i” to view the time and location of the sighting.

Antalya, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

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