DolphinWatch

Understanding why dolphins visit the Chesapeake Bay

Dolphins are beautiful, enigmatic animals and one of the largest inhabitants of the Chesapeake Bay. But we know very little about them. When, where and why do they visit the Bay? We need your help to find out!

Dr. Helen Bailey and her team are working to answer these questions. Using underwater microphones, she can hear dolphins communicating with each other to determine where they find food and navigate. But she needs your help spotting dolphins in the Bay.

Calling all Citizen Scientists!

We now have a web-based app so you can let us know when you see a dolphin in the Bay. You can simply point to where you saw the dolphin or use your current location and tell us about how many you saw. 

Report and view sightings on our dolphin tracker: chesapeakedolphinwatch.org

This tracker includes the ability to view the locations of recent and past dolphin sightings on a map and provides information about dolphins and the Chesapeake Bay. By tracking the occurrence of dolphins and their movements, we’ll gain a better understanding of how bottlenose dolphins use the Bay and how to protect them in our local waters.

Make a donation to boost Bailey's research

You don't need to see dolphins to help Dr. Bailey with her research. Donate to the project today! Your generosity can help us learn more about dolphins in the Chesapeake Bay by covering costs to maintain our dolphin sightings database and allowing us to buy additional underwater microphones that help us understand what dolphins are doing when they visit the Bay.


Thank you for your support!

Within the first month of the launch, more than 1,300 users registered to use the Chesapeake DolphinWatch app and reported roughly 700 sightings.

You can learn more about DolphinWatch and Dr. Bailey's research. Watch her presentation about DolphinWatch as part of Chesapeake Biological Laboratory's Science for Citizens series, and listen to her mid-summer report.