Adopt Samira

Stranded Bottlenose Dolphin in Rehabilitation – Update Nov 3rd


Samira, the young bottlenose dolphin that stranded on Oct 8th on the beach in Okaloosa Island is showing signs of improvement.  She is eating well and gaining weight as her diet is being steadily increased. Her blood work and behavior continue to be monitored closely, while the 24-hour watch has been reduced. A second morbilli virus test result is pending as a precaution for this deadly disease. She tested negative for the morbilli virus the first time. Samira’s playful and curious personality show more everyday as she interacts with enrichment that has been introduced to her.

The medical expenses for a stranded dolphin in rehabilitation are incredibly high, costing approximately $10,000 for the first week of rehab alone. If you are interested in helping with the rehabilitation costs for Samira through a symbolic adoption go to For a minimum donation of $35 to the non-profit organization Gulf World Marine Institute, donors will receive a printed photo of Samira, a certificate and a description of the animal. Gulf World would like to thank the public for their support and will continue to keep the public updated on Samira’s progress.


For a donation of $35 or more, you can become an adoptive parent of Samira. With the donation, you will receive a 5×8 photo of your animal, a certificate of adoption, information sheet and GWMI sticker.

If you wish to participate in this new program, please click the donation button.

In the “Special Instructions” tab during the process, please state “I wish to adopt Samira.” If you’d like to give us special instructions (for example, if this package if a gift, and you’d like the certificate to be addressed to a third party, please let us know here as well). Please provide a viable mailing address to which we can send your package. Also, please make sure to use an email address where we can contact you for further information. Gulf World Marine Institute will not distribute your information or use it for solicitation purposes.

Please allow five to seven business days for package shipment.


Adopted Sponsors: Cindy Dodds, Barbara Van Stavern, Gail Langley,  Kristy and Greg Blackwell, RC Edwards, Dominic Lee, Lisa Lindsley, Jude Mitchell