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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!

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