Dolphin Research Center to Welcome Wounded Warriors for Dolphin Swim

Grassy Key…More than 40 military veterans enjoyed a fun-filled, interactive, Dolphin Encounter swim with the dolphins at Dolphin Research Center (DRC) on Sunday, January 9th. The experience was provided for them free of charge during DRC’s Charles Evans Day for Wounded Warrior Project. The group arrived in the morning to a heroes’ welcome as DRC staff, volunteers, members, and the public lined up to greet them. After breakfast prepared by Anchor’s Cafe, the participants changed into wetsuits that were provided for them by Captain Hook’s Dive Shops. They then joined the trainers and slipped into the water to play with their new dolphin friends. Laughter rang out across the water as all of the veterans and the dolphins had a great time together. Digital photos of their experience were also provided to them at no cost.

The day helps to wrap up Soldier Ride, the adaptive cycling event organized by Wounded Warrior Project. Since 2010, the group has visited DRC for the dolphin experience which is made possible by a generous endowment from the Charles Evans Foundation. 

 Founded in 1984, Dolphin Research Center is a nonprofit organization. Located at 58901 (mile marker 59) Overseas Highway, Grassy Key, Florida, the center is home to dolphins and sea lions and is open daily for the public to see narrated behavior sessions and educational presentations, and to participate in interactive programs. The center, is funded by admission and program fees as well as by private donors and members. For more information, visit

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