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About dolphins:

These incredible tender mammals are considered to be one of the most intelligent species on the planet. The dolphins (Delphinidae), regularly called ocean dolphins, are a family of cetacean odontocetis (that have teeth), that embrace almost 34 species. Like other cetaceans, they utilize echolocation, the dance and the jump to communicate and orientate themselves.

At Dolphin Discovery, the dolphins are the bottled nose (Tursiops truncatus). These dolphins can swim at speeds of 5-11 km/h (3-6 knots); in a short time, they can reach a maximum speed of 35 km/h (21 knots). Their length is between 2 and 3 meters, with a streamline body, an elongated nose and only one spiracle at the top of the head (respiratory hole). Each 5-8 minutes, the dolphins must emerge to breathe using their spiracle; for that reason their sleeping margin is really light.

They live in groups of 12 animals called pods; these are long lasting social units. Typically, a group of females and its offspring live together in a pod for many years. The males can reach reproductive maturity at the age of 11, and females at the age of 12. The hit time is generally on Springtime. During the mating period, the male dolphins compete vigorously in between them to show their strength and size.

Our main labor as marine mammals specialists is to be aware of dolphins -day and night- and to give them the best possible care. Come and share with us the huge love we feel for dolphins!.


Swim with the most playful and tender marine mammal in the sea

Come and join the most adorable marine animals in their natural habitat. These beloved dolphins will approach to give you an adorable kiss, a warm hug and all their love: they are always excited to hang out with our guests and share their incredible skills and their friendly companionship.

The Dolphin interaction can be enjoyed from a platform in the water. The programs include several experiences, such as a handshake, a peck on the cheek, an exciting boogie push and belly ride and a warm hug. The dolphin will also delight you with its playful skills, becoming your new friend.

While you are in the water, our marine mammal specialists will teach you some interesting data about dolphins: the nutrition, reproductive and nursing programs we give to each of our species and special tips to take care of our environment. Our goal is to teach all we know about these amazing marine animals and for you to have a good time. At Dolphin Discovery we love to share our knowledge with our visitors; thatís why during your program, we teach you how to take care of the environment, the top characteristics of these species and the personalized nutritional and health programs we give to our marine buddies.

  • Dolphins eat 11-13 kilos of fish every day, approximately a decimal fraction of their body weight.
  • Like humans and chimpanzees, dolphins can recognize themselves on the mirror or even on TV.
  • Dolphins' eyes are independent one from the other, they can move them in opposite directions.
  • Gestation period for an Atlantic ®bottled nose® dolphin is 12 months, and they can be born at any time during the year.
  • During their sleep, dolphins shut down one half of their brain and the opposite eye, meanwhile the other half remains awake to keep on constant guard from
  • predators.
  • While they are sleeping, they interchange brain hemispheres every two hours to help them determine when they must emerge to breathe.
  • The exoskeleton structure of their flippers look so much like the human hand, with the five fingers.
  • In the wild, dolphins live around 25-30 years, but under human care they can reach a live expectancy of up to 60 years.
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