Ever swam among the dolphins or stood on your paddleboard as they frolicked around you? Or perhaps you’ve raced along the beach keeping up with them as they leap gracefully in and out of the Gulf waves. What an exhilarating feeling!
As many as nine types of dolphins make their home in the Gulf of Mexico. Most live far offshore, but a couple can be spotted near the island, most commonly, the Atlantic Bottlenose. This blue-gray dolphin grows to 6 to 12 feet long and can eat more than 20 pounds of baitfish a day. They often cruise up and down just offshore from the beach, feeding and sometimes playing. They like to follow in the wake of boats, racing and jumping the waves.