Dolphins are majestic creatures, often seen cavorting in the waves all around the globe. The most commonly found species in Australia’s waters are bottlenose dolphins. Bottlenose dolphins are usually found in bays and waterways, surf coasts, lagoons and the open sea. They are very friendly and it is not uncommon to see those riding waves with surfers or swimming alongside boats.If you’re lucky, you might snap a photo just when they’re airborne while jumping on water.
One place you can see dolphins is Tangalooma Island Resort, situated along the coast of Queensland situated on Moreton Island. The island is considered an unspoiled beauty offering a wide range of activities from diving in the wrecks to tobogganing down sand dunes. One of their most popular activities is dolphin feeding, which occurs at sunset on the shore. Up to eight dolphins visit regularly, and you can get to experience how friendly they are in real life.
Dolphins are extremely social creatures and live in large groups called pods. Their diet consists of a number of sea dwelling creatures, including fish, squid, shrimp, tiny octopus and krill. The average adult eats close to 15kg a day to feel satiated. The fish they get during the feeding program is only a small portion of their daily intake – approximately 10 to 20 per cent, much like having a treat after a hard day at work!
The dolphins who visit Moreton Island all have unique personalities. Most of the dolphins are related in some way. The first dolphin to visit the resort was Beauty in 1992, and it was well documented in local media. She was hand fed each night with her calf, Tinkerbell. Not long after, another mature female named Bess visited with her son, Rani. From this point on the dolphins continued to visit, bringing in new family members as the pod grew. Today it has become a normal experience to encounter a few families when circling the waters. Each dolphin can be traced back to those first few ones who made friends with the shore’s inhabitants.
Feeding the dolphins is a wonderful experience for any visitor, but strict guidelines must be adhered to in order to maintain the natural instincts and independence of the dolphins. Be prepared to get into the water up to your waist. A member of the Dolphin Care Team will be there to guide you through each step of the feeding process. Their food intake needs to be regulated as well in order to avoid health complications.
If you are interested in getting in on the action, why not book a trip to some wild dolphin resorts today? Dolphin feeding is a lifetime experience you and your family should not miss this holiday!