We reserved 5 spaces on the 2:00pm dolphin excursion. We only waited 15 minutes or so before we boarded the boat and got set to head out to sea. We all stood in the very front of the boat so we had great views of the old Cockspur Lighthouse, the beach, and container ships that were off in the distance. We actually saw dolphins while still tied to the dock. There were a couple of them frockling in the water around a shrimp boat.
The first mate talked to us about the dolphins natural habitat, how they breathe, sleep, and eat. We could still see the shore and the Tybee LIghthouse when we came across a shrimp boat. with plenty of dolphins following closely. The captain or "Old Man and The Sea" that's what he reminded me of began hand feeding the dolphins, which I thought was a big NO NO. Anyway, the dolphins were jumping up out of the water to retrieve the fish and small sharks they were being fed. We got great action shots of this. I know this was not exactly their "natural" feeding pattern but it worked for everyone aboard the boat. We saw what we had hoped to see even if it was a bit staged. I'm sure the tour company must know when the shrimpers are out and maybe they have some type of mutual agreement. The dolphins are beautiful. The tour was fun too. We actually did get to see them in their natural surroundings when we rented jet skis from the marina and went out into the ocean. No shrimp boats this time, just dolphins swimming around and playing in the small wakes the jet skis were making. That was so cool......my 25 & 21 year old sons were like little kids out there. It's been a long time since I've seen them act like excited kids again. It was just way cool to see. We also saw dolphins out in the ocean every day from the beach. I was thrilled and it was so worth the money we paid. The tour lasted about 90 minutes. We were all ready for a cool drink from Cafe Loco's when we pulled back up to the marina. I highly recommend this tour if you want to see dolphins up close and personal......rent a jet ski too.
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