It’s that time of year again and we are so excited. It’s dolphin season! Dolphins are seen in Surfside predominately in the Spring and Summer months because they prefer warm water. The Gulf will usually get warm around April or May.
The most common type of dolphin in the Gulf is the Bottlenose. (In the Gulf, we do not have porpoises.) Most live in large groups called schools or pods, which allow them to be more efficient hunters and more effective in avoiding predators. Females are usually smaller than males. Dolphins are known to display altruistic behavior. This means they will help another individual or even a member of another species without gaining any benefits themselves.
There are many regular spots on the island to see these beautiful mammals. The most common time to see them is when the seas are calm.
The best and easiest dolphin viewing is from your Coastal Sisters beach rental house! Grab that glass of wine, put your feet up and enjoy.
You can also see them playing and swimming off the Jetty and to the sides of the Jetty. Another great spot is anywhere off the Intercoastal Waterway. But my favorite, most consistent dolphin-spotting-spot is just off the Coast Guard station.
Marine Mammal Quick Facts
• All dolphins are whales, but not all whales are dolphins.
• Pygmy and dwarf sperm whales secrete an inklike substance, like squid, when avoiding predators.
• There are no porpoise species in the Gulf of Mexico.
• The largest population of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins lives in the Gulf of Mexico.
• When first spotted by early explorers, manatees were believed to be mermaids.
• The closest living relatives of manatees and dugongs are elephants.
• Most baleen whales have two blowholes.
• Florida manatees have nails on their flippers