A dolphin tour is a popular activity for animal lovers and tourists looking for a unique experience. While the main attraction is, of course, the dolphins, there are many other fascinating animals that you could encounter during a dolphin tour.

Manatees: The Gentle Giants of the Sea

One of the most common animals you may see while on a dolphin tour is the manatee. Manatees, also known as sea cows, are gentle herbivorous mammals that live in freshwater areas like shallow waters, estuaries, and rivers. They are known for their friendly demeanor and are often curious about boats, making them a possible sight on dolphin tours. 

Manatees can grow to immense length and weight. They're also endangered, so seeing them in their natural habitat can be a truly special experience.

Sea Turtles: Ancient Creatures in Danger

Another animal you may see on a dolphin tour is the sea turtle. Sea turtles are majestic creatures that have been around for eons. There are several species of sea turtles, and they can be found in oceans all over the world. 

While all sea turtles are endangered, some species are more at risk than others. During a dolphin tour, you may see a loggerhead sea turtle, a green sea turtle, or even a leatherback sea turtle. 

Seabirds: Soaring High and Diving Deep

A dolphin tour is also a great opportunity to see a variety of seabirds. Depending on your location, you may see pelicans, seagulls, terns, and ospreys:

  • Pelicans are known for their large bills and impressive dives into the water to catch fish
  • Seagulls are a common sight on the coast and can be seen scavenging for food
  • Terns are small, agile birds that dive into the water to catch fish
  • Ospreys are birds of prey that can often be seen perched on a high vantage point, waiting to swoop down and catch their next meal

Your captain should know how to identify each of these birds.

Sharks: Misunderstood Predators of the Ocean

If you're lucky, you may even spot a shark while on a dolphin tour. While many people are afraid of sharks, they are actually fascinating animals that play an important role in the ecosystem. During a dolphin tour, you may see a hammerhead shark, a nurse shark, or a blacktip shark.

Whales: Migrating Giants of the Deep

Finally, if you're on a dolphin tour in the right season, you may see migrating whales. There are many species of whales that migrate along the coasts of the United States, including humpback whales, fin whales, and minke whales.