Where Do Dolphins Live?

Dolphins are some of the most interesting marine mammals around. Dolphins species are found around the world! Most species, including the bottlenose dolphin live in the ocean or along the coastlines in what’s called brackish water. However, some dolphins reside in freshwater rivers and streams, like the South Asian and Amazon river dolphin. Considering the permanent smile due to the curve of their mouths, dolphins must love where they live. 


Prime Dolphin Real Estate 


Bays, gulfs, ports, estuaries, as well as, the shallow waters of the continental shelves are all prime real estate for dolphins. However, for freshwater river dolphins you will find them along the banks of channels or inhabiting the river basins. Some species prefer calling the deeper open water home while others stay in lagoons and small bays, then to avoid predators, mate, and hunt for food they venture away from the coastline. 


Bottlenose Dolphin Habitat 


While there are also sizeable populations in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as, the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Florida. Did you know the popular bottlenose dolphins we see locally reside throughout the Atlantic Ocean, from Norway to Nova Scotia, all the way to South Africa and Argentina?! 

The Atlantic Ocean bottlenose dolphin populations often coexist with pods of pilot whales and other species. Similarly, the bottlenose dolphin and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin live in the coastal waters of northern Australia and New Guinea. Pods residing offshore coexist with pilot whales. 

You don’t have to travel around the world to see dolphins in their natural habitat. We have some of the best dolphin sightseeing in the St Petersburgh and Tampa Bay area check us out online or call (727) 310-7883 to set up an excursion on the JP Cat today! 


Food-First Real Estate  


Dolphins stay near areas with ample prey to feed on. The deeper areas of ​​the sea make it easier to find and catching food. Their eating habits change based on their migration as they tend to journey to areas where there is an abundance of food.   


Seasonal Migration 


Dolphins will also trek to warmer places during the seasons when temperatures drop because most species cannot endure frozen waters. For some dolphin species, when the rainy seasons flood the forest areas the dolphins might explore those new areas as well.  Seasonal migrations are also patterned around the breeding habits of their prey.  


Protecting the Dolphins Ocean Habitat 


Don’t forget to do your part! We often take for granted the beauty of nature and wildlife all around us.  Pollution threatens the health and natural habitat of many marine animals. Be mindful of the ways you can help keep our waters clean.   

Habits that can help protect dolphins and other marine life: 

  • Leave nothing but footprints and pick utrash 
  • Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Plastic wherever you can 
  • Use Environmentally-friendly goods 
  • Get Involved, Go Outside! Beach clean-ups are a great way to give back to our community. 


Every little bit helps protect the water that our beach town is known for!  


StPete Dolphin Cruise 


Dolphins are just plain cool!  You can check out some interesting facts about dolphins on our blog hereSneaking a peek of dolphins in their natural habitat is always a favorite of tourists and locals alike. We have 2-hour day and sunset cruises from Downtown St. Petersburg, FL available for you and your friends, family, or coworkers.  

The JP Cat cruise doesn’t disappoint with spectacular views of the St Pete Skyline along with other local wildlife.  On your cruise with us, you will be sure to capture some Instagram worthy photos of these magnificent creatures.  Check out some of the photos our cruisers have snapped and tap that like button on our FB page to stay up to date on all our travels!