Trip Experience


December 2012
The dolphin interactions have been magical. We have had the opportunity to observe the dolphins fishing, loving, playing, resting, traveling and teaching. Each journey to the dolphin playground has touched our hearts. Recently we have many sightings of schools of spotted eagle rays.

Water Temperature: 76
Air Temperature: 79

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November 2, 2000
Dear Sheri,

I am writing to let you know that Stephen and I had a wonderful time with you last week. We cannot stop talking about it. It was an experience of a lifetime. On Sunday - our last day in Sarasota we went jet skiing & had the awesome pleasure to see about 7 dolphin just hanging around in about 5 to 8 feet of water in the Gulf. We stopped & observed for about half an hour. We took your advice and hung back just far enough to be able to see but not disturb them. We even told another couple to hang back because of what we learned just days before when we went on a dolphin tour in Key West with you! Well your instruction paid off and the dolphins were more exciting than the jet skis.

Once again thank you and be well.
D., Plainfield NJ

 


Frequently asked questions

1. What is the best season to interact with the dolphins?

We operate trips year around. Optimal conditions are April through October due to consistently calmer seas, warmer water and better visibility.  However, the trips during the winter months provide a wonderful experience as well.

2. Which trip is better - the morning or the afternoon?

Both trips are great. Dolphins do not adhere to a regular schedule in terms of their behavior.

3. I have not snorkeled before - can I participate?

If you can swim and are comfortable in the water I will be happy to give you a snorkeling lesson. I provide top of the line snorkel equipment for both children and adults. There are a variety of mask styles and sizes, state of the art Force Fins and Oceanmaster dry snorkels. Snorkel flotation vests are available. Noodles are available for relaxing and floating on the surface. Many guests choose to stay on the boat and simply observe and have a rewarding journey.

4. How far/how long to the dolphins playground?

Each trip is different and depends on weather conditions and where the dolphins are most likely to be. We often encounter dolphins along the way to one of the playgrounds. Typically travel time to one of the dolphin areas is 30 to 45 minutes.

5. Am I likely to get seasick?

Seasickness is very unlikely aboard our vessel. Due to the fact that we travel through the backcountry we are very seldom in rough water. The dolphins generally stay in the shallow waters near the islands. If you are highly prone to motion sickness you may want to take an over-the-counter medication such as Trip-Tone or Dramamine. Sea Bands and ginger offer a natural alternative to medications.

6. How deep is the water?

Dolphin encounters typically occur in water averaging depths of 5 to 20 feet. The snorkel sites average 5 to 15 feet in depth. There are also several great sites with shallow sandbars about 3 to 5 feet in depth. These sites are ideal for children, novice swimmers and non-swimmers.

7. Where do we go to see the dolphins and snorkel?

The course of our journey varies according to weather and sea conditions.  Years of experience direct our routes. We are intimately familiar with the travel paths and home ground locations of the dolphins.  Our journey typically takes us into the coastal Atlantic waters, the Gulf of Mexico and the backcountry waters around Key West. We very seldom venture far offshore as this is not where the dolphins make their home.

8. Will children enjoy the trip?

The trip is a wonderful experience for children of all ages. I highly recommend a private charter for your group if you have a toddler or infant. Coast Guard regulations require children 6 years of age and younger to wear a life preserver throughout the trip provided by WILD about DOLPHINS. Infants are required to wear a life preserver appropriate for their size and weight provided by you. An adult &/or a snorkel liability release signed by a parent or guardian must accompany children 16 years of age and under.

9. Are dolphin encounters guaranteed?

While dolphin encounters occur on nearly every trip they are not 100% guaranteed.  Encounters with the dolphins depends on the nature of their activity, weather and sea conditions.

10. How does a wild dolphin journey compare to a captive dolphin experience?

Observing, interacting and learning from wild dolphins in their home ground habitat is a special opportunity. WILD about DOLPHINS is committed to offering you the opportunity to observe and interact with wild dolphins in a highly respectful, non-intrusive manner. All observation & interaction is based on the dolphin activity observed. In the event the dolphins are feeding, sleeping or mating we will observe activity from a respectful, non-disruptive distance. The dolphins know and trust Captain Sheri and her boat Amazing Grace. Over the course of several years a mutual relationship of trust and communication has been fostered.

A wild dolphin journey offers you the opportunity to experience a multitude of activities -observing/interacting/learning firsthand about wild bottlenose dolphins, snorkeling and observing local marine life, touring and learning about the backcountry mangrove island ecosystem.

11. Will I receive a refund in the unlikely event that we do not encounter dolphins?

No refunds will be issued.

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