Sustainable Feeding Practices

Sustainable & responsible Dolphin Feeding & Human interactions

The Tangalooma Island Resort Wild Dolphin Feeding Program is run to strict guidelines to ensure the safety of all guests and dolphins involved.

The dolphins that visit us do not depend on us and we discourage them from becoming too tame. This ensures the dolphins maintain their natural instincts and independence. Tangalooma only feeds each of the dolphins between 10% to 20% of their daily food requirement; this means the dolphins must still hunt for themselves daily in order to meet their food requirement. There have been special circumstances in which the Tangalooma Dolphin Care team and Eco Centre staff have decided to increase a particular dolphins intake to ensure its survival.

We feed the dolphins a varying diet of fish, although we mostly provision the dolphins herring. Herring are fed to the dolphins as they are a species that is commonly found in the Bay. Dolphins also prefer herring due to their high fat and minimal bone content which make them easier to digest.

Dolphins have sensitive skin and some do not like being touched by humans. Over the years many guests have visited and fed the dolphins, and if patting was allowed this would become very stressful for the dolphins. There is also a bucket provided to guests before handling the fish, it is important that guests quickly disinfect their hands before handling the fish. It is important that we do not pass any bacteria onto the dolphins when handling the fish we feed them.

Flash photography from the beach is not permitted but it is allowed from the jetty. Close-up camera flashes may cause the dolphins stress, and may be harmful to their sensitive eyes. The Tangalooma Photoshop team are trained to take flash photos behind the dolphins so that they are not in direct view of the dolphins.

Please respect these rules when feeding the dolphins.

We occasionally get more dolphins visiting the feeding program, however we will still not feed them as only the dolphins within Tinkerbell's social and family group are fed at the provisioning program. This is so we keep this as a natural interaction with a family of dolphins for our guest enjoyment and safety.

Tangalooma operates launch transfer services from Holt Street Wharf, Pinkenba in Brisbane. Passengers travel in comfort across Moreton Bay aboard one of three high speed catamarans – the Tangalooma Jet, Flyer, and Express. To reduce emissions, the fleet runs on the highest grade and only DERM-approved marine bio-fuel.

Wild Dolphin Viewing & Wild Dolphin Feeding Access

Please note that casual visitors to Moreton Island are not allowed access to the resort premises for the nightly dolphin viewing / feeding experience. All guests that are authorised to stay overnight at properties within the grounds of the resort have general admission access to the dolphin viewing areas each evening. Only guests who have booked official day trips and select overnight stays with Tangalooma Island Resort will be able to participate in the nightly dolphin feeding program, but only if it was included in your original package. Consult your confirmation paperwork to confirm your access.

Wild Dolphin Viewing is dependant on dolphin attendance (the dolphins are wild, therefore arrival is not guaranteed, however we experience a 99% attendance rate), tides and weather conditions. See Dolphin Feeding FAQ's for further information about the experience.

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