Oceanomare Delphis Onlus is an independent organization that does not receive funding from governments, political parties and trade unions.
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Oceanomare Delphis study, monitor and photograph whales and other cetaceans in their natural environment, performing actions for the identification and subsequently cataloguing them.

Permanent natural marks present on their fins, allow us to identify individuals and to follow them through the years.

With a small donation, you can support our research activities and the conservation of cetaceans in the Mediterranean, but also you can adopt a whale or a dolphin or pass the adoption to friends and family.

With this simple action, you will form a special bond with your whale and at the same time, you will help to protect their populations and the environment in which they live.

Common Dolphin

Once one of the most abundant cetacean species in the Mediterranean, common dolphins have declined throughout the region since the 1960s. This population has been classified as endangered in the IUCN Red List. The causes of their decline include prey depletion by overfishing and incidental mortality in fishing gear.

94 individuals in the catalogue

Sperm Whale

No estimate of population size exists for the region, but the total number of sperm whales in the Mediterranean is more likely in the hundreds than the thousands. In 2012 this population has been classified as endangered in the IUCN Red List. The main cause of the recent decline of sperm whales in the Mediterranean is entanglement in high-seas swordfish driftnets, which has caused considerable mortality since the mid-1980s. Such mortality is ongoing. The disturbance from intense marine traffic and collisions with vessels may be serious as well. Underwater noise from mineral prospecting (seismic airguns), military operations, and illegal dynamite fishing are other sources of concern.

97 individuals in the catalogue

Bottlenose Dolphin

The most coastal cetaceans in the Mediterranean, bottlenose dolphins are particularly exposed to human activities. Until the 1960s they were one of the main targets of culling campaigns, with thousands of animals killed. In recent times, prey depletion caused by overfishing, incidental mortality in fishing gear and health effects caused by pollution are significant threats. Mediterranean bottlenose dolphins have been proposed for classification as vulnerable in a Red List assessment by IUCN.​

207 individuals in the catalogue

Risso’s Dolphin

The ecology and the population status of Risso’s dolphins in the Mediterranean are poorly known. While no estimate of abundance is available, numbers are low in comparison to other small odontocetes. The main known threat is entanglement in gillnets and longlines. Other problems include noise disturbance and chemical pollution. Risso’s dolphins are considered data deficient in the IUCN Red List.

48 individuals in the catalogue

Choose your Fin

Adopt a common dolphin (50 euro per year)
Certificate of adoption sent by e-mail

Adopt a sperm whale
(100 euro per year)
Certificate of adoption sent by e-mail + personalized t-shirt

Adopt a bottlenose dolphin
(50 euro per year)
Certificate of adoption sent by e-mail

Adopt a Risso’s dolphin
(50 euro per year)
Certificate of adoption sent by e-mail

Make your donation by

Bank Transfer payable to Oceanomare Delphis Onlus IBAN: IT10F0200822690000401439034 – BIC Swift: UNCRITM1CG2


Specify the species you want to adopt and your email address

Tax Deduction

The donation will be used in its entirety for the organisation’s institutional purposes.

This amount, corresponded via bank transfer, or via other systems mentioned in art. 23 of D.lgs 9/7/97 n. 241, will:
– be deductible, in accordance with Article 15, comma 1 letter i-bis) of D.P.R. n. 917/86, for an amount of 26% of the donation to be calculated on amounts not higher than € 30,000.00 – if the donor is an individual or a non-profit organization;
– be deductible for an amount not higher than € 30,000.00 or 2% of the declared enterprise income, in accordance with Article 100 comma 2 letters a) e) h) of D.P.R. n. 917/86 – if the donor is an enterprise;
– alternatively for anyone, in accordance with article 14 of D.L. n. 35/2005 converted with amendments by Law n. 80/2005, deductible from the total income within 10% of the declared income and within the maximum amount of annual € 70,000.00.