WHERE CAN YOU SEE DOLPHINS?
Dolphins are arguably the best known and loved of all the marine mammals. However, many aspects of the dolphin's way of life still remain a mystery. Be that as it may, dolphins have been the subject of scientific research for decades and so at least there are some areas of dolphin behaviour that we do know of.
Dolphins are marine mammals closely related to whales and porpoises. There are almost forty species of dolphin in 17 genera. They are found worldwide, mostly in the shallower seas of the continental shelves.
However, it is possible to view dolphins in the wild all around the world.
Here are a few examples of some of the best dolphin watching locations so wherever you are in the world - and if you are prepared to make the effort, a small journey and a little research - you should get to see dolphins.
Western Australia: Mandurah , Monkey Mia, Ningaloo Reef, Rockingham, Bunbury, and Esperance
Eastern Australia: Moreton Bay, Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, Port Phillip Bay, Jervis Bay, Port Stephens, and Forster
New Zealand: Kaikoura, Whakatane, Bay of Islands, Marlborough Sound, Coromandel Peninsula, Akaroa Moorea and Tahiti Lanai.
USA - Key West, Florida, Panama City Beach, Galveston Texas, Monterey, and the waters off New Jersey,
In the waters off of Mexico and Hawaii - it's only a small island so it should be quite easy.
Dingle Bay, or the Shannon Estuary, Ireland
Moray Firth, Scotland
Cardigan Bay, Wales,
Durlston, and Cornwall in England as well as the Channel Islands. Even Gibraltar.
The Bahamas - white sand ridge.
Tenerife, the Canary Islands Turks and Caicos, West Indies
The Azores Islands (eg off Faial and also Pico) São Miguel Island, and Futurismo.
You can follow whale watching in the waters off Hualien, the east coast of Taiwan and in the waters off South Africa
Don't forget the Black Sea off the coast of Georgia and Crimea peninsula, and the Red Sea by Egypt.
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