Perhaps the best part of our trip to Egmont Key is our Dolphin Show. Dolphins (not to be confused with the dolphin fish, also known as Mahi Mahi) inhabit seas worldwide and the local bottlenose dolphins are very intelligent and love interacting with humans. Your experience with them on your cruise to Egmont Key will be memorable as they play in the wake of the boat, jumping and showing off.
These dolphins are not fish, but air breathing mammals. They nurse their young and a calf will suckle from the mother for 1 to 1 Â½ years and swim with their mothers for another 3 to 8 years. Dolphin calves swim in the wake of their mothers to keep up, drafting like a race car. They can grow to 8 feet in length and weigh up to 600 pounds. Their athletic energy requires a diet of up to 30 pound of fish a day.Dolphins communicate with squeals and squeaks and whistle to attract their mates. They have excellent eyesight and know what a boat and a propeller are. They will never take a fishing hook.
When we leave Boca Ciega Bay and enter the Gulf of Mexico, we will be on the watch for these magical creatures who are very curious about us. They love the wake our monohull boats make and their excellent eyesight will be evident when they make eye contact with you. They might actually jump out of the water and wave goodbye when they break away from the boat. Have your camera or video recorder ready.
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