Getting to know the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin 

The Cruise Orange Beach crew introduces the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin, a delightful, long-time friend.

This quirky, entertaining fellow never fails to put a smile on the face of anyone who watches him. With a host of impressive traits, this bewitching sea mammal never ceases to amaze.

The Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin is, by far, the most common and well-known member of the oceanic dolphin family. Find him in the warm, temperate seas of the Atlantic Ocean. You will discover that he lives in a group, called a pod, that consists of a mind-blowing 1000 members. Yet, he hunts for fish individually.

What will compel you to have a second look at him is his adorable appearance. The Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin has a short, stubby, "bottlenose" snout, making you forget that he is a well-adapted marine mammal. His sleek, grey conical body, which allows him to move with incredible facility underwater, will make you keep your eyes on him.

His curved mouth, etched in a permanent smile, will draw you to him instantly. The smile is not meant to beguile. The Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin is as friendly as he seems. If you board one of our cruise ships, you will find him splashing around near it just to say hello. He is only too happy to see and be seen by you.

Even after running cruises on the Gulf Coast all these years, the Cruise Orange Beach crew is still mesmerized by him. His high mental and emotional intelligence is responsible for this. Bottlenose dolphins connect with humans immediately. Dolphin Assisted Therapy (DAT), which includes swimming with one in a tank, is popular because it affects a person's emotional well-being positively. Watching dolphins on one of our cruises is effective treatment for the blues.

This empathetic, sociable fellow connects with his own kind as well. The Bottlenose dolphin communicates regularly with his friends. Dolphin schools readily help their injured members.

This sleek fellow's high speeds will leave you completely awed. Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins can reach lightning speeds of up to 35 km/h. Be thrilled to find him keeping up easily with our cruise ships. Even the most competent scuba diver will find it difficult to keep up with him, because he dives to unreachable depths of up to 915 m. Watch him do this with ease, holding his breath for an astounding 7 minutes.

The way he uses echolocation simply fascinates. This sound expert tracks his prey by creating a variety of clicking noises, whistles and chirps with his nasal sac and blowhole. Sounds travel through his lower jaw to his well-tuned inner ear, allowing him to listen to the messages his friends send. You can hear him use his own, unique whistle to communicate with his group if you go on one of our cruises.

He simply loves to play. To stun you, he will leap out of the ocean's waters abruptly. Let him tease you as he peeks from the ocean's surface, grinning as his tongue sticks out of his mouth. His antics will amuse you as you stand on the deck of our ship.

Whether you come yourself or with your family, Cruise Orange Beach welcomes you on a dolphin tour. Why not have a party while watching dolphins? There is no better birthday present than a dolphin tour to remember.

Cruise Orange Beach tours leave on regular schedules, so do not fret about not being able to book a tour. Our roomy ship has plenty of seats, so you can get a comfortable, bird's-eye view of the ocean. If you hunger pangs, do not worry, because you can grab a satisfying snack at our well-stocked snack bar.

Come with us, because the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin is ready to meet you.