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What is a dolphin? A dolphin is an aquatic mammal that is considered a cetacean. This aquatic animal is considered a mammal because of these 5 characteristics: they are warm blooded, mothers nurse their young, they give live birth, they breathe air and they have hair. Other animals like dolphins include porpoises and whales. The life of a dolphin in their natural environment is an average of 17 years. In human care, the dolphins health is monitored by veterinarians, and they can live into their 30’s or longer. The dolphin body structure is streamlined, they are built for speed. The dolphin respiratory system is quite impressive, with an ability to dive for 5 – 10 minutes between breathes. Dolphin sonar is a special sense that humans do not have called echolocation. This allows the amazing dolphins to locate objects by reflected sound. There are 36 species of dolphins around the world, at Dolphin Discovery dolphinariums, you come in contact bottlenose dolphins. You can also see bottlenose dolphins and rough-toothed dolphins (a unique species) at Gulf World, a Dolphin Discovery facility in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Basic information about dolphins
What is the size of a dolphin? – Female bottlenose dolphins average at about 8 feet and males average about 10 feet in length
Where do dolphins live? – These beautiful dolphins live in temperate and tropical waters around the world.
What are common predators of a dolphin? – Sharks and humans.
What is a dolphin’s favorite food? – They eat many species of fish, squid and crustaceans
How do dolphins produce sound? – Through their blowhole.
Why do dolphins make sounds? To communicate with one another. Communication with dolphins is performed through vocalizations, like clicks and whistles, through their blowhole.
What is a dolphin’s group or community like? Female dolphins have strong social bonds. Males typically leave their mothers between the ages of 3 – 6. Large groups of dolphins that you see together are typically females. Male dolphins tend to be solitary or stay in small groups with other males referred to as bachelor pods.
Each dorsal fin is different like a human thumb print.
The dolphin’s tail is called its flukes and is also unique for each animal.
The dolphin rostrum (some may refer to it as a dolphin beak) is very different looking between different species of dolphin. For example, rough-toothed dolphins have a thinner, pointed rostrum while bottlenose are shorter and more round.
Dolphin’s World, their Natural Environment
You can see dolphins in their natural habitat quite often. It is important though to respect their space. When dolphin watching make sure you stay at least 50 yards away when viewing them in their natural environment. The best and safest way to interact with these amazing dolphins is at marine mammal facilities where you can interact with friendly dolphins that are trained. You can also learn many dolphin details at a Dolphin Discovery facility, and be able to tell your family and friends exciting facts about a dolphin that you were able to meet up close and personal! There’s nothing like swimming with these beautiful dolphins in the water.
Little known facts about dolphins
All their vocals come from their blowhole, they do not have vocal cords.
They have hair on their rostrum when they are first born, which is one of the traits that classifies them as a mammal.
Research of dolphins is still being conducted, many studies are cognitive and related to the intelligence of this impressive mammal.
Come and live an amazing day discovering more about the Dolphin’s World at Dolphin Discovery!
The Florida state is located at the southeastern region of the United States right in the Mexican Gulf. It is one of the top destinations because of the touristic attractions that are offered, the beautiful beaches and of course the variety of marine animals that live in that area such as the bottlenose dolphins.
One of the main attractions in Florida are the theme parks, there are many different type of parks but one of the most populars are the marine ones like Gulf World Marine Park, where you can not only see the animals in their habitats, you can also create a bond of love and respect through the interaction experience such as swimming with dolphins.
Swimming with Dolphins in Florida
So, if you are wondering where to swim with dolphins in Florida and what other interactions can you experience, this article would be very useful for you!
Gulf World is the best place to see dolphins in Florida, located in Panama City Beach just in the Northwest Florida´s Emerald coast (must known because the fishing and the water sports), perfect location and weather to enjoy variety of marine species and learn more about them with your friends and family.
This amazing marine park offers wide interactive programs with different species such as dolphins, sea lions, stingrays, sharks and other animals where you’ll learn how to protect the environment in our everyday lives.
Other great thing about this park is that they also offer daily shows in different hours for all the family to enjoy like: the bottle nosed dolphins, sea lions and rough toothed dolphins, feather & friends, stingray feed, coral reef chat, shark and turtle feeding, among others.
In Gulf World Marine Park we have three different swimming with dolphins programs that goes between 30 and 45 minutes and each of this four programs include different activities with the dolphins.
Most people think that this interactions programs are very expensive, but the reality of how much is it to swim with dolphins in Florida it’s really payable, if you want to check out the prices go to this link and find out ➡️ http://bit.ly/2iAn5uR
So if one of your 2017 wishes will be to swim with dolphins, you should definitely start planning your next vacation to Florida and cross that from your bucket list.
The Manatees are the gentle giants of the ocean, as a matter of fact they are very friendly creatures, and those who have had the joy of meeting face to face with a manatee can tell you that we are not lying.
We are sure that this cute friends will steal your heart in just seconds, as they love hugs and to be close to humans. Nowadays, these chubby and friendly animals inhabit three regions in southeastern Mexico: in the rivers and estuaries of Veracruz; in the basin of the Grijalva and Usumacinta rivers; in the region comprising the Caribbean coast; and the deep river in Quintana Roo.
In Mexico, the love and concern for the wellbeing of this marine mammal is important. This is why since 1999, every September 7th the National Manatee Day is celebrated; date on which various activities are carried out to raise awareness on the conservation of this species listed under the Endangered Species Act.
Having fun with manatees
If you are a manatee lover like us, we are surely you will like to put an eye on these curious facts about this adorable species:
- They spent most of their time eating, resting and traveling (you would probably like to have a routine like this).
- When the spanish explorers reached Florida, they thought the manatees were mermaids because of the form of its bodies. Funny, isn’t it?
- Manatees consume 10-15% of their body weight every day, also they are herbivores.
- A manatee cannot turn its head sideways, it must turn its whole body. They are our big buddies!
- They normally breathe every 2 to 5 minutes, but can stay submerged for as long as 20 minutes if necessary.
- During the first years, the mother breastfeeds her baby with her nipples located under the armpits. This is really out of the ordinary, but cool.
- Manatees have no natural predators
- The manatees occupy 98% of their lungs for a simple breath.
- They use their whiskers to pick up and eat food. So cute!
- Who would have said so… The manatee’s closest relatives are the elephant and the hyrax (a kind of small woodchuck that lives in the forested areas of central and western Africa).
Couple having fun with a manatee
Now that you know more about the lovely manatees, we invite you to visit them in some of the different habitats that Dolphin Discovery has in the Mexican Caribbean, it will be an experience that you will never forget.
Turtle illustrated by Noel Kassewitz.
The book is titled “The Ocean Adventures of Pinni, Tursi & Mydas” and is written by Donna Kassewitz and illustrated by Noel Kassewitz.
It helps empower kids to be environmental stewards by gifting this book among family and friends, and buying an extra copy to donate to your local elementary school or library. The colorful characters in this story will inspire hearts and minds both in the classroom and at home!
Tursi, the bottlenose dolphin, Pinni, the sea lion and Mydas, the green sea turtle learn about the value of teamwork and friendship as they deal with the dangerous problem of plastics in the ocean. When one of them becomes entangled in plastic debris, the trio must embark on a journey to find a solution before it is too late. On the way, they encounter other ocean creatures whose lives are also endangered by plastics in the ocean. Where is all this plastic coming from? Will they find help in time?
Illustration by Noel Kassewitz.
How it came about….
This book came about because we received many emails from elementary school teachers requesting educational tools about ocean trash for their classrooms. It was encouraging that so many teachers wanted to share this important environmental message with their students, so we decided to create this book as an interactive resource to meet this need.
With the assistance of an expert education consultant, the book includes many Teaching & Sharing Activities and Project Ideas to meet a variety of educational goals, as well as foster lively discussions about this topic.
All proceeds from this book go towards funding dolphin communication research, so that someday soon the dolphins can teach us what they know about healthy oceans.
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What does memories mean to you? Maybe a special moment spent with your family or friends, that trip to a magical place or just photographs that make your senses come alive. Memories can be all that, and swimming with dolphins surely is a moment you want to recall for the rest of your life.
When you are in front of a dolphin you can only think about how beautiful and intelligent this creatures are, you can hug, kiss and interact with them, see dolphins jumping all around. This are memories that you would like to keep forever in your mind.
Being in front of a beautiful dolphin is not something that happens every day.
In Dolphin Discovery we help you to take those memories in something real and take them with you. On each location we count with amazing photographers who are always there to take the best photos of dolphins and capture every single special moment of your experience; you will be impressed of how photogenic dolphins are!
But why only conform with pics of dolphins when you can have pics with beautiful manatees and funny sea lions. Our amazing marine mammals friends are always willing to take the best pics with you. Remember that a dolphins pic is something you can’t miss from any vacations you have! It is the most remarkable experience, and of course you can show off in your social media networks to all your family and friends.
See pictures with dolphins, manatees and sea lions are amazing, but see them with you in it turns into an unforgettable and very valuable souvenir of your experience. And when time passes, and you want to share your experience, you will search for that special dolphin picture, smile and remember that magical moment.
So now you know, if you want to live an incredible adventure and get the best dolphin photographs, you should come to Dolphin Discovery: we not only create experiences, but also, we create and share unforgettable memories!
Cruise travel is one of the most cost-effective ways to visit different places in the world, either for a romantic or family trip, here we leave you the perfect place to visit at a Caribbean Cruise.
If you are thinking of joining the club of cruise passengers and navigate the waters of the Caribbean, one of the sites we recommend you is Cozumel also called “Isla de las Golondrinas” (Swallow Island). This island is located in the southeastern of Mexico, on the coast of Quintana Roo, at a distance of 60 kilometers south of Cancun and at 20 kilometers from the coast.
One of the best cruises excursions in cozumel
Here are a few recreational and cultural activities you can do on this beautiful island when you descend from the boat:
If you’re tired of the pool’s cruise, we invite you to swim in the crystal clear turquoise waters of Cozumel, but if you’re looking to get a perfect tan, you should just lie down on the soft, warm sand, read your favorite book or listen to your best playlist, relax and sunbathing (we advise you to wear biodegradable sunscreen at least every two hours so it will not lose effectiveness and protect your skin from ultraviolet rays).
Interaction with marine mammals
In this beautiful island, Dolphin Discovery is located inside the Chankanaab National Park and gives the cruise passengers a wonderful opportunity to interact with the dolphins through its various swim programs. In addition, the participants and their companions are offered to stay on site to relax, enjoy good regional typical food and cold drinks or, if you are willing to, enter to the educational presentation of sea lions and meet the friendly manatees.
If what you want is to learn more about the Mayan culture, the archeological site San Gervasio should be on your list of places to visit, because in it you can explore various ruins and a sanctuary dedicated to Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of fertility and love.
If you are a nature lover you came to the right place! When you immerse in the waters of Cozumel you can admire a huge variety of tropical fish and underwater statues that will blow you away.
Chankanaab National Park
Chankanaab National Park is located within the National Marine Park of Cozumel and its name means ‘Small Sea’. It is an amazing place where you can go diving, try the zip line, watch the alligators at a very close distance, eat some delicious handmade tortillas and observe more than 60 replicas of the different cultures of Quintana Roo, among other activities.
Now that you know everything Cozumel has to offer, do you dare to embark on the adventure?