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 adorable marine mammals, in matter of fact, they are very sociable creatures and those who have lived a manatee encounter 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 petted. 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 well-being of this marine mammal is important for future generations to get to know them. 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, funny, isn’t it?
- The manatees consume 10-15% of their body weight, a daily, in vegetation.
- 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 teats located under the armpits. This is really out of the ordinary, but cool.
- It is believed that manatees only look closely, but they can differentiate between different colors.
- 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.
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?
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.
Help 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!
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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Dolphins are extremely intelligent, and they interact with humans since their existence is known, we love this amazing marine mammals and everything about them, we can not stop discovering new and amazing dolphins’ facts everyday.
If you love dolphins as much as we do, keep reading this post and get to know some interesting things about dolphins that you may not know:
- Did you know? There are 43 species of dolphins found in the world and most of them live in saltwater but there are some that are able to do well in the freshwater locations.
- One of the most interesting facts about dolphins is that they communicate through sounds and whistles each other, as dolphins don’t have vocal chords they have a particular whistle to identify from the other ones, and also can use dance and jumps to communicate.
- Dolphins use an advance system of echolocation to find objects and food, this means that they have the ability of see with sounds, but how does this work? The answer is simple! Dolphins make sounds like clicks that travel fast in water and this sounds bounce off on objects they return to the dolphins as echoes. This allows them to identify where objects or food are located and even they can get information about shape and size, interesting, isn’t it?
- To prevent drowning while sleeping only half of the dolphin’s brain goes to sleep while the other half remains awake so they can continue to breathe. Do they get enough rest?
- Have you wonder why are dolphins so soft?
Dolphin’s skin is smooth it feels like rubber when you touch it. They don’t have any sweat glands or hair on the body. The outer layer of the skin is anywhere from 10 to 20 times thicker than that of terrestrial mammals and dolphin skin constantly flakes and peels as new skin cells replace old cells. That explains why they are soft when you touch them.
Now that you know all this facts and information about dolphins you are an expert on marine mammals! Visit us at Dolphin Discovery where you can have the opportunity to interact with this beautiful species, learn even more about them and discover why we love the so much.
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 times.
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 each day. In Dolphin Discovery we help you to take those memories in something real and take them with you. In 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.
The pictures with dolphins, manatees and sea lions are amazing, but 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 a romantic or family, here we leave you the perfct 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
At this beautiful island, Dolphin Discovery is located inside 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?