Where to see dolphins in Southwest Florida

One of the most sought-after creatures in Florida is the beloved dolphin, however the majority of tourists aren’t sure where to find them on vacation. While you may get lucky and spot dolphins by accident, Dolphin Boat Tours in Cape Coral, Florida takes out the guesswork. On our private dolphin boat tour’s our guests are fortunate to see dolphins all year round. Master Captain Martin knows just where and when to find these beautiful creatures.

The Gulf of Mexico is teaming with an estimated 40,000 Atlantic Common Bottlenose Dolphins. You are probably familiar with this incredible species if you have seen the infamous Bottlenose Dolphins in movies such as, ‘Flipper’ and ‘Dolphin Tale’.  These intelligent, social creatures are a marvel to witness up close. Our small private boat charters take you right to the action where the Bottlenose Dolphins like to put on a dazzling show every night right before sunset.

Bottlenose dolphins live near the coastal waterways and can be found in the shallow waters in the bays and estuaries where our smaller boats can maneuver safely. Bottlenose Dolphins can be seen throughout the year right here in Cape Coral, Florida. We have found the best times to spot dolphins are sunrise, mid-morning usually (between 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) and 2 p.m. to dusk. To avoid running aground, it is advisable to use a captained boat on your trip to Cape Coral. The waters can be very shallow, sometimes only a foot deep or less, making navigation very difficult for novice boaters and especially for those not used to boating in and around Cape Coral.

Research studies have found that this may be due to dolphin activity cycles. Bottlenose dolphins are active day and night but following dolphins’ daily patterns of activity can help determine what times are more likely to spot them. Bottlenose dolphins are known to undergo cycles of activity such as feeding, socializing, resting and traveling. These daily activity cycles depend on environmental factors like season, habit and time of day. Dolphins feed in the early morning and late afternoon. Much of a dolphin’s activity is comprised of social behavior. Bottlenose Dolphins’ like to chase one another, toss things
to each other and generally play. Dolphins are known to jump as high as 16 feet and may land on their bellies, backs or sides in what is known as a breach. This amazing dolphin activity makes for a mesmerizing display and attracts nature lovers all over the globe.For the safety and conservation of these precious dolphins everyone must keep a safe distance. In fact, “The National Ocean & Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Dolphin SMART program advises staying at least 50 yards away.”

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