Bottlenose Dolphins

The most familiar of all dolphin species — bottlenose dolphins — live all over the world and travel in ever-changing social groups. These charismatic and intelligent marine mammals feature extraordinary adaptations and behaviors, allowing them to thrive in an often harsh ocean habitat.

If belugas are known for their songs at sea, a dolphin’s call is its whistle, which actually acts as its personal calling card. In fact, their signature whistle is so distinct that scientists can identify individual dolphins by looking at their whistle shapes on a sonogram. At SeaWorld, we can tell them apart in a much less scientific way — by their personalities!

Do you love dolphins? Then, this experience is for you! Spend up-close time with bottlenose dolphins at Dolphin Cove®, and you’ll quickly understand what makes these clever characters one of the park's most popular animals. You’ll learn how our animal team takes care of these amazing mammals and have the opportunity to touch the dolphins while our park photographers capture that special moment. 

Dolphin Encounter

  • Package includes your trainer-led Dolphin Encounter on day and time of your reservation only.
  • After instruction, experience a 3-5 minute dolphin interaction for a group of up to 10 guests.
  • Photos are sold separately and not included in the advertised price.
Connect with our dolphins at Dolphin Cove or the Dolphin Nursery. Want to get even closer? Sign up for the unforgettable Dolphins Up-Close Tour.

For dolphin lovers who desire a more hands-on experience, join us on the Dolphin Up-Close Tour. On this approximately 60-minute tour you will have the chance to interact with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and learn some of the hand signals that are used to communicate with these amazing mammals. Then, practice what you've learned while asking a dolphin to perform some of the behaviors. This exclusive, trainer-guided tour brings you as close as one can get to dolphins without actually getting into the water.

Q: Where do they live?
SW: Bottlenose dolphins are found in temperate and tropical oceans worldwide, either close to shore in bays, harbors and lagoons or farther out at sea in cooler, deeper waters.

Q: Are they endangered?
SW: Bottlenose dolphins are not endangered, but they face many challenges in their environment. If you visit the ocean and see dolphins, view them from a safe distance. This will keep them safe and healthy in their home.

Q: What do they eat?
SW: They have a pretty hearty diet that includes a wide variety of fishes, squids and crustaceans like shrimps.

Q: How big do they get?
SW: In general, bottlenose dolphins can be 6.6 to 12.8 ft. (2 - 3.9 m) and weigh from about 330 to 440 lb. (150 - 200 kg).

Q: Are dolphins born at SeaWorld?
SW: SeaWorld is a global leader in bottlenose dolphin reproduction. Most of SeaWorld’s dolphins were born at one of the parks, and many of these have become mothers themselves. These successful births have contributed significant information to studies of dolphin reproduction, growth, and development.