Pick a dolphin to adopt

Choose a Dolphin


Adopt a Dolphin - Pa’ani

Pa'ani means "playful" in Hawaiian -- and this dolphin lives up to its name.This dolphin has been observed on multiple occasions, engaging in behaviors such as spy hopping, jumping, tail and chin slapping, as well as bow riding on our vessel.


Adopt a Dolphin - He'e Nalu

In honor of the fact that both humans and dolphins take part in surfing, we named your adopted bottlenose dolphin He'e nalu. Hawaiians used the word "He'e nalu" to describe surfing. "He'e" means to slip, slide, flee – or even to melt and "Nalu" depicts the surfing motion of the wave.


Adopt a Dolphin - Laulauna

His distinctively shaped dorsal fin makes this bottlenose dolphin very easy to identify. Laulauna means friendly and gregarious in Hawaiian, a perfect name for an animal that we've always observed in the company of other dolphins.


Adopt a Dolphin - Hoa'ai

The small nick in the trailing edge of this bottlenose dolphin's dorsal fin sets it apart. We observed this dolphin in a very energetic group that was swimming fast and porpoising, then diving deep for three to five minutes at a time, presumably to feed. Our researchers named this dolphins Hoa'ai, a word that means "dining companion" or "someone with whom you eat" in Hawaiian.


Adopt a Dolphin - Oscar

This spinner dolphin was named through the Name-a-Dolphin program by one of Pacific Whale Foundation supporters. The dolphin was originally sighted in 1997 and is easily identified by the unique nick in its dorsal fin.

The Dolphin P J
Adopt a Dolphin - P J

P.J. is a spinner dolphin known to our research team from several encounters. PJ was named by Kelly Burke of California in honor of her mom, Patsy Jo.