These are wild dolphins in their natural habitat doing what they want to do. Our encounters observe them on their terms and depend on what they are doing and their mood. Encounters happen on nearly every trip, however, there is no way that we can guarantee it. We are bound by the laws of The Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and subsequent amendments, in addition to the laws of the State of Florida. We are careful with our trips so that feeding, mating, nursing their babies, etc., is not disrupted. By law we are not allowed to feed or harass dolphins.
We snorkel and swim in the Gulf of Mexico where dolphins range. If dolphins approach you while snorkeling (as opposed to you approaching them) the enforcers of the law, not the law itself, suggests that you enjoy the moment of close encounter and then go back to the boat. Because dolphins are very fast swimmers and almost always on the move, they usually move away fairly quickly, which makes going back unnecessary. A maximum of six passengers per trip reduces the impact on dolphins. Like so many situations in nature, the more people want an experience, the more opportunity we have to disrupt the natural order.
Sometimes dolphins may get agitated by our presence so we move away to find a different group or go on to snorkeling a coral reef or exploring the back country. Often we are able to return and see dolphins again or find a different group. See local marine life & birds, tropical fish, turtles, lobsters, crabs, gorgonians, rays, and much, much more.
Day 1: Two trips per day. Four hour trips during Daylight Savings Time. Three hour trips during Standard Time.
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