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About Us

How it all started

In 1974 Dr Horace Dobbs BSc. PhD., after a successful career in conventional scientific research, met a friendly wild dolphin that changed his life! He was aware that the dolphin that had befriended him had a brain as large and complex as that of a human and became intrigued by the effect dolphins had on the people with whom they came into contact.

In 1978 Horace founded International Dolphin Watch (IDW), a non-profit organisation for the observation, conservation, study and protection of wild dolphins. He has won numerous international awards for his visionary books and films, in particular his series of fictional Dilo Books that are both entertaining and carry a conservation theme.

Today we are a Global Family Of Dolphin Lovers that helps Dolphins And People.

Friends of IDW (Dolphin Friend)
Friends can use Facebook to share their stories about their personal dolphin experiences, projects and fundraising events.

To become part of a global family of dolphin devotees who want to help dolphins and share their enthusiasm with others please contact Doreen Dobbs see Dolphin Friends

- What We Do -
Research The dolphin survey project was established at Cambridge University with Professor Sir Richard Harrison to monitor dolphin populations worldwide. We contribute data input from a wide variety of dolphin watchers around the world. We co-operate with organisations monitoring cetacean populations in the North Sea and introduce people to observational procedures. All our research is non-intrusive none is conducted with captive dolphins.
Conservation We actively lobby governments worldwide – pressing for laws to be upheld where they are infringed and urging for changes in legislation that will help to save dolphins and protect the marine environment.
Education We are actively involved in education and produce an education pack. IDEAL (Integrated Dolphin Education and Learning) is based on a fictional dolphin named Dilo who fires the imagination and makes learning joyful for teachers, parents and children, including those with special educational needs.
Dolphin Watching Guidelines We produce guidelines on how to behave in the presence of dolphins for boat users and those who want to watch or swim with dolphins. We do not approve of keeping dolphins in captivity. See Dolphin Code of Conduct (pdf file)
Strandings We have links with organisations involved in the rescue and treatment of stranded and injured marine mammals.
Native Wisdom We are forging links with indigenous peoples, such as the Australian Aborigines, to find ways of applying their ancient wisdom and understanding of the natural world to help solve present ecological problems.
Dolphin Healing We research dolphin healing and investigating ways in which the benefits of swimming with wild dolphins can be recreated artificially.
Co-operation We have a policy of co-operating, not competing with other conservation organisations that strive to help dolphins.
Our Team

Horace Dobbs - Founder Director and Author of the Dilo Books. If you wish to organise a talk by Horace to your club or organisation please contact Keith Dobbs.

Melanie Parker - Director.

Keith Dobbs - General Manager - Sales & Marketing.

Doreen Dobbs - General Administration.

Jackie Connell - Compiler of Dolphin Magazine and operates the charity Operation Sunshine

Yvonne Dumsday - provides general support for road shows, conferences etc.

We remember Terry Connell who edited this website for many years and made a huge contribution to our organisation. Terry sadly passed away in 2012 and is greatly missed.