Anna Maria Island – Atlantic Bottle Nose Dolphins may be one of our nicest finned friends, but they are still wild animals protected under law by the Marina Mammal Protection Act. Here are some do’s and don’ts for interacting with them.
Stay at least 50 yards away from dolphins when viewing from a vessel or watercraft.
Limit time spent observing marine mammals to 30 minutes or less.
Avoid making loud or sudden noises near these aquatic mammals.
Move away slowly if a dolphin’s behavior indicates the animal is stressed or disturbed.
Look before you book! Book wild dolphin viewing tours with businesses that responsibly view dolphins in the wild and help cetacean conservation.
Put your vessel’s engine in neutral if in the close vicinity of dolphins.
Pursue, swim with, pet or touch wild dolphins, even if they approach you.
Encircle or entrap dolphins with vessels.
Operate or maneuver vessels in a manner that may cause dolphins to change their current behaviors. Specifically, do not direct a vessel or accelerate toward dolphins with the intent of creating a wake.
Separate mother and calf pairs.
Drive watercraft through or over groups of dolphins.
If you see a dolphin in distress call Mote Marine’s Stranding Investigations Program at 941-988-0212.
Sea World offers a great mix of entertainment for children. Just a 1.5 – 2 hour drive away from Anna Maria Island, it offers a great full day get away. Jump in the car and within a two hour drive you can be in Orlando soaking up the Florida Sun, getting entertained by some of the Worlds best shows.
Sea world is a great amusement park for the entire family. Teenagers love the roller coasters, water log ride, and who does not love a tunnel aquarium? Younger children love the wild sea lion, and dolphin show. Adults will love it just as much as the kids. And nothing beats seeing the look of wonder on your family’s faces.
Aside from the fun rides, and entertaining shows, SeaWorld also offers incredible animal experiences. You can take a behind the scenes tour and see how the trainers care for the animals! Now that’s cool!
Helpful Tip: It is best to go straight to Sea World and use parking at the park itself. Parking runs about $17 and it is well wroth it to walk from your car to the park. One trick if you are hungry as you arrive is to stop by Denny’s for a quick breakfast. You can see the Sea World main entrance sign from the Denny’s parking lot on International Drive.