Name A Dolphin Auction

DCP is pleased to announce a rare opportunity to provide a name for one of the wild dolphins identified from our study population in Bimini, The Bahamas. As individual dolphins living around Bimini are sighted more regularly, and we are able to recognize and identify them with ease, they are entered into our permanent ID database. Initially, new dolphins are assigned a number, but as we get to know them a bit better and their actions reveal their unique personalities, we occasionally offer the public the chance to give these dolphins a name of their own. This year, we have three dolphins ready to receive a name. So, DCP will be running three separate Name-A-Dolphin auctions on eBay. These auctions w ill be run in time for the holiday season, making the gift of a “Dolphin Name” the perfect present. The first Name-A-Dolphin auction will run from November 28th to December 7th. The lucky winner will receive the following:

  • personal welcome letter
  • a certificate of naming
  • a photo of your named dolphin suitable for framing
  • a photo collage of your named dolphin
  • a biography of your named dolphin
  • a DVD with unique footage of the dolphin you have named
  • a dolphin DVD with footage of the Bimini dolphin group
  • a personalized adoption t-shirt showcasing an image of your named dolphin
  • Atlantic spotted dolphins fact sheet
  • information about DCP and our research around Bimini
  • Dolphins: The Lighter Side DVD
  • A copy of the book Dolphin Mysteries, signed by co-author & Director of DCP, Dr. Kathleen Dudzinski
  • Dolphin Communication Project note cards and/or postcards (packet of 10)
  • 10% discount on DCP eco-tour (valid for 2 years)
  • an electronic subscription to the Dolphin Gazette, DCP’s quarterly newsletter

The minimum bid for the Name-A-Dolphin auction will be $750. Details of the dolphin eligible for naming will be provided in the auction listing. For individuals interested in securing the Name-A-Dolphin purchase without waiting to see if they will win the auction, we will offer a ‘Buy Now’ option for the fixed price of $1,500. The second Name-A-Dolphin Auction will run from December 7 to December 14, with the winner receiving the same package as outlined above for a different dolphin.

The third auction running from December 14th through December 21st – is a combination of the traditional Name-A-Dolphin package outlined above and an exclusive “Search for Your Dolphin: Expedition Bimini” travel package, which  includes:

  • 2 private, 4 hour boat charters to search for your dolphin off Bimini, Bahamas
  • DCP researcher guiding your dolphin charter
  • 4 nights’ accommodation on North Bimini, Bahamas (single or double occupancy)
  • DOES NOT INCLUDE: airfare, ground transportation, food or gratuity
  • Dates of travel to be scheduled at mutually convenient times

Details on the minimum bid and the specific dolphin to be named will be made available on December 10th.

If you would like to receive further updates about our Name-A-Dolphin auctions including more information about the individual dolphins up for adoption, you can contact DCP to be sure your email address is added to our mailing list. Updates will also appear on the DCP website (, in the December release of our quarterly newsletter The Dolphin Gazette, and in subsequent e-updates. If you have questions about our auctions, you can contact DCP at this link. Happy bidding!