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Spend a day with dolphins!

A remarkable chance to see dolphins, whales and other marine life and learn about the real world of marine biology and oceanography in the field! OCS Ride Along Programs offer unique and diverse opportunities to accompany Los Angeles Dolphin Project researchers and participate in actual marine mammal surveys while supporting the continuing research of Ocean Conservation Society. This program is conducted under the Marine Mammal Viewing Guidelines.


Observe or actively participate in dolphin research!

Guests may simply observe or participate by aiding researchers in actual
data collection which includes marine mammal behavior observation and
counting, prey sampling, photo identification and surface video recording
of dolphin behavior and mixed species interactions and much more. LADP
staff will explain the methodology and significance of the research,
conservation issues and marine ecology.



OCS is currently conducting several research studies on different species of marine mammals off Los Angeles, California.
Guests will be able to observe and participate in the data collection of one or more of these research projects:

Which marine mammal species might be encountered during a survey?

During an OCS survey, guests might be also able to observe one of more species of cetaceans and pinnipeds including, among others: bottlenose dolphins, short-beaked and long- beaked common dolphins, blue whales, humpback whales, gray whales, fin whales, Minke whales, Pacific-whitesided dolphins, Dall's porpoises, Killer whales, Risso's dolphins, harbor seals and California sea lions. Sightings usually depends on season, oceanographic and weather conditions.




Please contact us for upcoming survey dates.




Ride-Along programs for an entire day out at sea are $125.00 (minimum donation) per adult and $ 85.00 per child under 12 years old.

Ocean Conservation Society is a California 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation. All program fees are tax-deductible contributions and will be used entirely to help continue LA Dolphin Project research. Programs are booked on a first come first served basis. Payments are fully refundable if cancellation is made 48 hours before the survey date or if the survey is cancelled due to weather conditions.

To Register:

  1. Email or call (310) 822-5205 to check for dates and availability
  2. Use our secure account at Paypal to book your reservations on-line!
Adult / Child


Or Register Via Phone and U.S. Mail

  1. Contact us at (310) 822-5205 to make your reservation
  2. Send a check or money order ($125.00 per adult or $ 85.00 per child) payable to Ocean Conservation Society to:

    Ocean Conservation Society
    P.O. Box 12860
    Marina del Rey, CA 90295



  • Program fee includes hot & cold drinks and snacks
  • Maximum number of ride-along participants is 2
  • Children may participate but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian if under the age of 12
  • All participants must sign a waiver
  • Participants under the age of 18 must provide a waiver/permission slip signed by a parent or guardian
  • The boat usually leaves the dock in Marina del Rey at 7:30 AM

The LADP Research Vessel

The Los Angeles Dolphin Project research vessel is a well-equipped and comfortable powerboat with a full galley and private restrooms. The boat is maintained and operated by the LADP staff.


Phone: (310) 822- 5205

Ocean Conservation Society
P.O. Box 12860
Marina del Rey, CA 90295



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