Dolphins are extremely intelligent and lovable creatures and visitors spending time in Brisbane are fortunate to have the opportunity of interacting with them. Dolphin feeding at Tangalooma is a highlight of the visit and a most exciting and unforgettable experience to remember of an Australian holiday. Every evening the Tangalooma Dolphins cut through the ocean waves, and wend their way speedily to the jetty knowing they are going to enjoy a feed. The staff and guests at the resort together with marine biologists hand feed their waiting marine visitors fresh fish. Children and adults alike are enthralled with the sight of the Tangalooma Dolphin feeding. Even if you do not want to get into the water to hand feed the Dolphins, simply watching others doing it is a most pleasurable sight.
What to do on arrival at Tangalooma
On arrival at the resort, go to the Marine Research and Education Centre to register for the many activities on offer. When participating in the Dolphin Feeding, it is necessary to be at the jetty at the time scheduled, otherwise you may miss hand feeding them, Photos taken of you at the event, are available to purchase at the Tangalooma photo shop afterwards.
The Dolphin Feeding Program has strict operational guidelines and restrictions do apply. Weather and tidal conditions have an effect on the amount of dolphins that appear for feeding and this limits the amount of people taking part in the feeding process. Usually all the resort guests do manage to participate.
About the Dolphins
Bottlenose Dolphins are most sociable creatures with fascinating behavior patterns. The various fascinating actions of the Dolphins are most notable at feeding time as they perform antics known as fish play, inverted hunting, Chuffing, Logging, Tail Slapping, Suckling, Spyhopping.
Do’s and Don’ts for Tangalooma Dolphin Feeding
It is important not to infect the dolphins with any bacteria, so disinfect your hands in the bucket provided before touching the fish for feeding them.
Dolphins prefer to eat the fish heads first, so hold the fish firmly by the tail
Only enter the water when directed by the staff keeping fish away from the water and only feed the dolphins when directed by the staff, then hold on to the fish under the water until a dolphin takes it
Don’t pull the fish away from the Dolphin as it may grab it from you
Resist the temptation to pat the Dolphins. They have sensitive skins and dislike being touched by humans.
If you have a cold or respiratory illness, you may not feed the Dolphins as they are liable to catch an illness
Remove sharp or large hand jewellery to avoid scratching the Dolphin.
Tangalooma Dolphin Feeding Cruise
Dolphin Cruises leave from Holt Street Wharf, Pinkeba at 7.00am or 10am
From Tangalooma Jetty approx. 7.00pm, after the Dolphin feed.
You have the day to explore and discover the great things of Tangalooma which ends with the hand feeding of the wild Dolphins.
Dolphin Feeding Cruise