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Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Come Play With The Dolphins In Tangalooma Bay

It’s come to that time of year again, where the sun is shining, the humidity is increasing, and the temperature is rising in and outside of the water. So, it’s time to pull out the cosies, and head to the prestigious Queensland coast, in particular Tangalooma Island.

Tangalooma has so much to offer this coming summer, on and off land, such as; whale watching, sand tobogganing, snorkelling and so much more. One of the greatest attractions Tangalooma has to offer is their dolphin feeding. Every day and night a pod of dolphins swims into the bay to be fed by tourists and visitors who come to get up, close and personal with the dolphins.

Dolphins are one of the most friendly, attractive, and playful creatures of the sea, so it’s no wonder that Tangalooma’s dolphin feeding has become a must do for visitors to the island. So, if you’re planning a trip to Tangalooma with friends and/or family, don’t forget to book a dolphin feeding and experience the dolphins like nowhere else.

Yet, before you slip on your cosies, slop on your sunscreen, slap on your hat, and head on over to the dolphin feeding, we’d like to introduce you to our special pod of dolphins that you are likely to meet and feed, so when it’s your turn to meet the dolphins you’ll feel like you already know them.

Tangalooma Dolphins

One of the dolphins that you may be lucky enough to meet is, Tinkerbell. Tinkerbell is the most mature female of the pod, and has been coming to Tangalooma since 1992. She has three dazzling calves, which are also regulars at the island – Tangles, Storm, and Phoenix. So, how to spot Tinkerbell out among the others; she is the largest dolphin in the pod, sleek, is of a light grey colour, and her dorsal fin is almost perfectly curved, much like a cresting wave.

Another one of our dolphins is Echo. Echo first arrived in 1993 by himself, and is not related to any of the other dolphins. He arrived malnourished, and orphaned, so we automatically took him under our wing, and he is now considered part of the family, even if he isn’t related. Echo has some quite distinctive features which make him stand out from the others, such as the large shark bite wound on his dorsal fin. The shape of his fin also makes him easily identifiable, as it is not typically shaped.

Phoenix, daughter of Tinkerbell is another one of our dolphins who comes to Tangalooma. She is one of the youngest dolphins, being born in 2008. She is quite small in size compared to the other dolphins in the pod, making her easily identifiable.

These are only some of the dolphins in Qld that come to Tangalooma Island, there are just too many to name and tell you about in this one blog. So, when you are planning your next trip to Tangalooma Island, be sure to come on over to the dolphin feeding to meet Tinkerbell, Echo, Phoenix and all of the other dolphins, and test your knowledge and try to see if you can identify who each one is!

Posted by Alex

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