No one covers so much coastline scouting for dolphins to jump and play in our single-hull boat wake. A great photo opportunity!
Once at Egmont Key, you are free to explore this tropical island with ruins dating to the 1700's a working lighthouse, shelling where an abundance of sea shells constantly wash onshore. Then we will take you snorkeling in the clear waters of Egmont key.
We have 4 single-hull boats going out twice a day, carrying 35-49 people each.
Our Egmont Key tour is conducted by our experienced Coast Guard Certified captains aboard Coast Guard documented vessels. Our tour uses powerful, covered, open-air monohull boats to safely transport you to Egmont Key. Our single hull boats make a large wake that dolphins love to surf, jump and play in. No other dolphin tour attracts these curious and intelligent creatures the way our tour does.
Dolphin watching is one of the most enjoyed activities of visitors to Florida's Gulf Coast. This is why we created this page called Dolphins. It is a great part of Tropical-Island-Getaway's trip. Don't forget your camera! Marine biologists say that dolphins love to jump and play in the wake behind mono-hull boats (boats with one-hull.). Normally dolphins do not jump and play around catamarans, pontoon boats or sailboats in the Gulf of Mexico (Florida's west coast). Bottlenose dolphins send messages to one another in different ways. They squeak and whistle and use body language—leaping as high as 20 feet (6 meters) in the air, snapping their jaws, slapping their tails on the surface of the water, and even butting heads.
How smart are dolphins? The short answer to this is that we do not know. There is no reliable method to measure intelligence in humans across cultures, so it is not surprising that comparing humans, dolphins, apes, dogs, etc. is impossible. There are some indications of their potential: they are fast learners and can generalize (which is also true of pigs). Also they can learn to understand complicated language-like commands (which is also true of the great apes). The majority of small tooth whales are called dolphins. They are mammals of the order Cetacea and the families Plantanistidae and Delphinidae and include about 50 species. All have a beak-like snout and sharp, conical teeth. The term porpoise is sometimes applied to many of the same species, but porpoises, are members of the family Phocaenidae and have a blunt snout and spade or chisel shaped teeth. The fish that is also called a "dolphin" is neither a dolphin nor a porpoise. It is a sport fish related to mackerels. Dolphins feed on live food and are predators, except when trained otherwise in captivity. The primary food is fish, mostly things like herring, mackerel, and sardines. Some species seem to prefer squid, occasionally, shrimp and other crustacean are consumed, and even mollusk shells have been found in their stomach contents. Food consumption is estimated at about 66 lb a day for an individual about 8.2 ft in length and 220 lb in weight.
The body is sleek and smooth and the hairless skin is rubbery to the touch. Most species have jaws that protrude into a beak-like snout. Above the upper jaw is a large mass of fat and oil-containing tissue forming the melon that looks much like a forehead.
The anterior appendages contain the skeletal remnants of five digits that form the flippers, which the animal uses primarily as stabilizers, although occasionally in an oar like fashion. The hind appendages are virtually absent and consist of a pair of small pelvic bones, deeply embedded in the connective tissue at the base of the tail. The dorsal fin is formed from subcutaneous dermal tissue and is not movable by muscle action. The caudal, or tail, fin is also primarily dermal in origin, rather than skeletal, and consists of a pair of horizontally extending flukes. The locomotion of dolphins is typical of the whale.
The thrust comes from vertical oscillations of the tail and flukes, and most species tested are capable of sustained swimming speeds of up to 18.6 mph and they jump at this high speeds going 30 ft or more. Their normal “cruising speed” is about 23 to 25 mph, and if they are bow riding, they have been known to get up to 30mph. Bow riding is when the dolphin rides the bow of a wave produced by a mono-hull boat.
Your boat and it’s amenities are always with you, for your comfort and safety.
(We have the only bathroom on the island.)
All ages welcome.
We cruise 7 days a week.
We love dolphins, beaches, shells, and boats as much as you.
We are close to, St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island, Madeira Beach, Sunset Beach, John’s Pass Village and boardwalk, Redington Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Sand Key, Anna Maria Island, Siesta Key, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Sarasota, Longboat Key, Holmes Beach, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Egmont Key, Fort Dade, Shell Key, Palmetto, Winter the dolphin, And Orlando, Florida. Notable locations you may see on your cruise include, Egmont Key, Fort Dade, Tropicana Field, The Don Cesar, The Tradewinds Resort, Sandpiper, Postcard inn, Grand Plaza, Island Grand, Guy Harvey Outpost, The Beachcomber, Bilmar Beach Resort, Thunderbird, Tahitian Resort, John’s Pass Village and boardwalk, The Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Tierra Verde, Fort Desoto park, Shell Key, Pier 60, Clearwater Aquarium, Celebrity mansions, Redington Long Pier, Tampa bay, gulf beaches, and Dolphin bay.
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