How to Feed the Dolphins
Please note: The Dolphin Care Program operates to strict guidelines, therefore restrictions on feeding apply. The number of guests able to feed the dolphins will depend on weather, tidal conditions and dolphin attendance.
Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Feeding is only permitted for guests staying in accommodation that is mananged by Tangalooma Island Resort.
Timeshare, Casual Visitors and guests staying in private accommodation are not permitted to partake in feeding the dolphins.
Please follow all directions given by Dolphin Care Staff
We hope that you find the program enjoyable, however our priority is to ensure the health and safety of the dolphins, as well as all who come to interact with them. Please listen carefully to all instructions and advice offered by any member of the Dolphin Care Team.
Flash photography from the beach is not permitted (but is allowed from the jetty)
Close-up camera flashes may cause the dolphins stress, and may be harmful to their sensitive eyes.
Please do not wear insect repellants, perfumes, deodorants or sunscreens into the water
The dolphins' skin may be very sensitive to some common man-made chemicals
If you have a cold, flu or respiratory illness you are not permitted to feed the dolphins
Dolphins can catch all sorts of illnesses
Do not enter the feed area unless directed to by a member of the Dolphin Care Team
Minimising our use of the dolphins' area allows them to feel confident they will not be disturbed there
Wear something you do not mind getting wet. Remove any sharp or large hand jewellery
They could scratch the dolphins
Disinfect your hands in the bucket provided before handling the fish
It is important that we do not pass any bacteria onto the dolphins when handling the fish we feed them
Hold the fish firmly by the tail
Dolphins prefer to eat fish heads first to avoid problems with any spines that the fish may have
When directed by staff, walk into the water
Keep your fish well clear of the water and do not feed the dolphins until staff tell you
Hold the fish steady under the water until a dolphin takes it
Pulling the fish away from the dolphin encourages it to snatch the fish
Under no circumstances touch or pat the dolphins
Dolphins have sensitive skin and some do not like being touched by humans. We have hundreds of people who feed the dolphins. If patting was allowed this would be stressful for the dolphins. Please respect this rule
By following these few simple steps, your dolphin feeding experience will be much more enjoyable and the dolphins will thank you too!