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Dolphins & Whale Experience Days & Gifts

FAQs

Q: Like Nemo?
A: Wasn’t he a clownfish or something?
Q: Like Flipper?
A: Exactly! Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with whales, dolphins and other aquatic creatures in their natural habitat.
Q: Brills! So they’ll jump through hoops and stuff?
A: No! This isn’t an Aquarium or water park, this is the real actual ocean they’ll be swimming about in.
Q: The ocean where?
A: You can partake on this exceptional, unique treat in Wales, in the Scottish Highlands and in Cornwall. All amazingly beautiful locations.
Q: So this would make the perfect Boxing Day treat?
A: That’s quite an odd thing to say, but no. This is a seasonal activity, happening between April and October (in Cornwall it’s between March and November). And the trips book up fast, so get in there early.
Q: I have seen The Perfect Storm with George Clooney and did not enjoy it, how can you assure me that something like that won’t happen?
A: If the conditions are very bad, then your experience may be postponed and rescheduled at a date that suits you.
Q: Should I turn up in jaunty nautical gear?
A: If you wish. You’ll be out at sea, so make sure you wrap up warm and possibly water-proofly and wear low, flat shoes. Lifevests and all other sorts of safety gear will be provided by the crew.
Q: How long will I be ‘all at sea’?
A: The trip usually lasts around two hours. Make sure you arrive for departure with plenty of time to spare. The boat will disembark promptly and if you’re not on it, you’re not on it.
Q: And what can I expect to see? At sea?
A: Everything from bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, basking sharks, minke whale, Risso’s dolphins, common seals, grey seals and lots of seabirds. We can’t guarantee you’ll see exactly what you want, but we know you’ll see something interesting and, most importantly, wet.

Fun Facts

  • 1. The smallest of the dolphin species, Maui's Dolphin, is around 4 feet long and weighs around 90 lbs. It may have been a Maui Dolphin that Elton John was referring to when he sane ‘Hold me closer, tiny dolphin’. Oh sorry, that’s ‘tiny dancer’. I bought a bootleg copy off the market.
  • 2. To prevent drowning, only half of a dolphin’s brain goes to sleep while the other half remains awake so they can continue to breathe. The phrase ‘Sorry, I was half asleep’ is used a lot in dolphin circles.
  • 3. Dolphins have been observed teaching their young how to use tools, such as covering their snouts with sponges to protect them while foraging. Makes sense as sponges are always dirt cheap. Especially at Pound Shops, where you can normally pick up packs of 30, last you for years. You see, dolphins are clever.
  • 4. Displaying their mammalian roots, all four limbs are quite visible during the dolphin's embryonic stage, but develop later into flippers. Which is why dolphins are so good at pinball.
  • 5. Dolphins have been observed cooperating with birds, sharks and humans to herd schools of fish to feed on. Which is why they are known as the ‘Sheepdogs of the Sea’ by no-one at all.
  • 6. In 2000 it was reported that Soviet trained combat dolphins were sold to Iran. Great, killer dolphins, one more thing to check the toilet for before I sit down.
  • 7. An average-sized dolphin eats roughly 33 pounds of fish per day. For an average-sized human, that's essentially the equivalent of eating 15 to 22 pounds of steak a day. Though if they did that, they wouldn’t be average sized for long.
  • 8. The Blue Whale is the largest creature ever to have lived on earth. Their tongues alone can weigh as much as an elephant and their hearts as much as a car. Though don’t bother trying to drive a Blue Whale heart – the petrol mileage on them is not competitive and an iPod dock is extra.
  • 9. Though we can’t hear them, blue whales are one of the loudest animals on the planet, communicating with each other using a series of low frequency pulses, groans, and moans. A bit like off-licence employees communicate with the rest of us.
  • 10. The spray from a blue whale's blowhole is almost as tall as a three-story building. That’s nearly as far as the spray from my old geography teacher Mr Harper. And yet we were banned from wearing cagoules in his class – it seems so unfair.