Results from our studies on the sensory systems and cognition of marine mammals are interesting for basic research. However, many of the data obtained from the animal experiments provide the potential to be transferred into technical implementations, which is called the bionic approach. Bionics is aiming at transferring biological phenomena into technical applications. Our research group is member of the network "Bionik-Kompetenznetz" (BIOKON) supported by the BMBF in the long run that wants to show potential bionic applications to the industry and to science. All important national research groups focusing on bionics are part of this network which consequently forms an ideal platform for scientific exchange and cooperation, the development of concepts for teaching bionics at universities and schools and for putting the industry into contact with professional contact persons.