Boat tours on Anna Maria Island are one of the best ways to admire and appreciate dolphins, particularly bottle nose dolphins. Hop aboard a dolphin tour boat and learn some fun facts about these incredible animals! Boat tours offer a unique opportunity to observe bottle nose dolphins in their natural habitat. Spotting a dolphin is always a memorable experience, and tour boats with experienced guides always know how to find them.
Dolphins are highly intelligent and social animals, living in pods, or groups. The "bottle" part of the name does not refer to a bottle, but instead is in reference to their short shiny nose which resembles that of a bottle. Bottle nose dolphins have been known to collaborate with humans in hunting fish and other activities and have been observed using tools such as seaweed to herd fish into tighter areas. They live up to 50 years; and some species have specialized muscles which allow them to purposefully beach themselves to catch fish. Bottle nose dolphins are highly intelligent and capable of forming strong social bonds with each other as well as humans making them incredibly unique creatures. In addition to being able to communicate with one another, they even have distinct personalities! They use echolocation to locate food, navigate their environment, and communicate with each other -- even when living in different parts of the ocean!
Get acquainted with dolphins and learn interesting facts about these amazing animals along the way. See them jump, play and “toss” their food for fun. You never know what kind of dolphin experience awaits you on a dolphin boat tour!