Dolphin Watch Tours
Enjoy one and one half hour cruises along the beautiful Laguna Madre and view Bottlenose Dolphins in their natural habitat. Not only will you see dolphins, but you can also watch native birds and other marine wildlife. You will also enjoy scenic views of Boca Chica Beach, Coast Guard Station, the Old Queen Isabella Causeway, and more!!!!
Bottlenose Dophins are native to the South Padre
Island area. The Gulf of Mexico's warm tropical waters
attracts dolphins to dwell near Texas beaches, primarily
in bays, estuaries and shipping channels. Schools
of Bottlenose Dolphins and range into the hundreds but
are typically seen in groups of two to 15. Known
as the intelligent and charasmatic stars of many aquatic
centers, Bottlenose dolphins show their intellignce and
charisma in nature through their hunting capabilities
and naturally smiley faces.
With the use of echolocation, Bottlenose Dolphins track their prey by using up to 1,000 clicking noises per second. As the sound travels through the water it bounces off objects sending the noise back to the sending dophin. These intellignt creatures are able to decipher the size, location and shape of their targets. Bottlenose Dolphins primarily feed off of bottom dwelling fish as well as shirmp and squid. Bottlenose dolphins can also be seen following closely behind fishing boats hoping for left overs that make for great dining opportunities.
Bottlenose Dophins are excellent swimmers and can reach speeds of up to 18 miles per hour approaching the surface 2 or 3 times a minute to breathe. Dolphins are found primarly traveling in groups and communciating with each other through a very complex system of whistles and squeaks. Bottlenose dolphins are known to interact closely working together during feeding, protecting their group and in nursery activities.
Breeding habits along the Texas coast have been studied to determine when offspring, or calves, are typically born. According to studies, Bottlenose Dolphins in our warm South Padre Island waters breed during the summer months with calves being born between March and May. When a calf is born, it is approximately 1/3 of the size of its mother and is nurtured by the whole group during its upbringing.
Isla tours offers many other service from Deep Sea Fishing tours, Bay Fishing tours, tours of the Port of Brownsville, Friday night Fireworks cruises, and private cruises for many different events such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries or memorial services.