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Outer Banks Dolphin Tours
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Miss Bodie Island
Manteo // Shallowbag Bay Club
Nags Head Dolphin Watch (Phoenix)
Nags Head Causeway // Whalebone Watersports
Join us on a unique eco-tour to search for wild Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and view the wildlife of the Outer Banks! Biologists run these dolphin tours as part of their research on these beloved aquatic animals, so you know this will be an interesting trip. Passengers will be able to see how researchers with the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research, a nonprofit organization, conduct their research and hear about some of the discoveries from more than a decade of studies and monitoring.
Some of the hundreds of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in the area show up so frequently they’ve even been given names, like “Rake,” “Scarlet,” and “Onion.” Onion was first identified in Beaufort, North Carolina almost 20 years ago, and he has been sighted there almost every winter since. It has been discovered that Nags Head is his summer home, along with an extensive family of more than 100 members. In his early years, Onion had an unfortunate encounter with a boat propeller and his damaged fin has made him one of the most easily recognized dolphins around.
Conducted on 40-foot covered pontoon boats in the Roanoke Sound, the trip takes around 2 hours. Along the way, researchers will talk about their work and share their discoveries from their ongoing study. While the boat is moving, dolphins will be playing in their natural habitat alongside the vessel. Passengers will also learn about the pelicans, osprey and other birds that congregate in the sounds, as well as the ecology and history of this dynamic area. The Outer Banks is an ideal place to take a dolphin boat trip to learn even more about these miraculous creatures. These excursions will get you close enough to safely connect with these incredible animals and to experience them in the wild, in a world where humans are visitors and the bottlenose dolphin is happily at home. . A great trip for families and people of all ages!
*Private cruises are available by phone reservation depending on availability. Please dial ext 204 to inquiry/book a private cruise for your group or send us an email to email@example.com
Note: Per Coast Guard regulations, infants ARE counted as passengers. We must know the total number of people in your party- including infants.
Fins Up! A day on the water with the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research
My Outer Banks Home Magazine – July 6, 2016
by Meg Puckett
On a sunny, breezy day toward the end of May, a pontoon boat bounces across the whitecaps on the Roanoke Sound, heading south from Whalebone Junction in search of some of the Outer Banks’ most charismatic residents: bottlenose dolphins. The boat is filled with people from all over the country (okay, today they’re mostly all from Ohio, but that’s still a long way from the Outer Banks!) eager to catch a glimpse of these storied marine mammals. There’s no guarantee that dolphins will be found during the tour, but that just serves as a reminder that these are wild animals, and seeing them in their natural habitat is a very special thing.
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Join us on one of our fun filled and informative Dolphin tours and experience nature as it happens. If you enjoy watching dolphins playing and frolicking in the water then come with us, as we begin our tour we will depart from the beautiful Shallowbag Bay Club and Marina. As the boat moves leisurely through…More Info >>
The Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research The Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research, established in November 2008, is a non-profit organization engaged in a long-term photo-identification study of bottlenose dolphins in the northern Outer Banks of North Carolina. Our research is a continuation of a photo-identification study conducted for more than 10+ years aboard…More Info >>
Join the friendly marine biologists from the Nags Head Dolphin Watch to learn about the Atlantic Bottle-nose Dolphin that swim in the sheltered sounds every summer for a 2 hour cruise. With a stable, 40′ pontoon boat that accommodates up to 36 passengers, this educational tour is fun for the whole family! Tour Package Options: Adults…More Info >>
Captain John moved to the Outer Banks in 1984 where he and his wife, Wendy, raised their three children. He became a United States Coast Guard Master in 1998 and bought the Nags Head Dolphin Watch in 2008. Currently, he is on the Board of Directors for the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research. Even…More Info >>
Join us on a unique eco-tour to search for wild Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and view the wildlife of the Outer Banks. Aboard our covered 40 foot pontoon boat, you will observe bottlenose dolphins, pelicans and osprey. Trained on-board naturalists will provide a fascinating commentary on the history of the Outer Banks and describe the life…More Info >>