scattered clouds
78° Feels like: 79°
4:19 AM / 6:07 PM Low Tide
11:03 AM / 10:20 PM High Tide
14 mph NE Wind

Imagine yourself gliding across the calm, emerald waters of Destin Harbor as the sun begins its descent. Dolphins will often playfully weave alongside the boat, their sleek bodies catching the last glimmers of light. As the sun dips below the horizon, casting a warm glow on the surrounding islands and beaches, a hush falls over the boat.

With each passing moment, the sky transforms into a breathtaking masterpiece, leaving you speechless and filled with awe. This, my friend, is the magic of a Destin sunset cruise – a symphony of nature’s beauty that paints an unforgettable memory on your heart.

Dolphin cruise in Destin

Fun Facts About Dolphins in Destin and the Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Mexico boasts the largest concentration of bottlenose dolphins in the US. Playful dolphins love to ride the waves created by boats, showcasing their agility and athleticism. Bottlenose dolphins live in tight-knit family pods with mothers caring for their calves for several years. Calves even learn their “names” from their mothers!

Dolphins use echolocation to create 3D mental maps of their surroundings, allowing them to navigate and hunt with incredible precision. They’re skilled hunters, using echolocation to find fish, shrimp, and squid. They even cooperate to herd their prey! Bottlenose dolphins have been observed responding to music, even attempting to mimic human whistling!

These are just a few fun facts about the amazing dolphins that call the Florida Gulf of Mexico home. Remember, it’s important to observe these animals responsibly and avoid disturbing their natural habitat. You should never approach, touch or feed a dolphin in the wild.

The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is a great way to learn about dolphins and other sea animals. The Discover Dolphins Encounter is hands-on, literally! You get to meet and pet dolphins, and learn about these amazing creatures!