Dolphin Migration Patterns

Wait, That Dolphin Will Migrate?

DolphinYes it’s true that dolphins do actually migrate when it gets colder just like birds fly south for the winter! You might be wondering why would they even do that if it’s normally warmer in Florida and beach areas than others. Well think about your experiences with the beach in months like December. Would you be comfortable swimming in the water as cold as ice? I know I wouldn’t be, so it’s no surprise that dolphins would do the same thing, although not all dolphins migrate. It varies between what kind of dolphin it is classified as. Dolphins travel all over the place, but then when they find a home they stay there and leave no stray dolphin behind because they are family.

Off-Shore vs. Coastal

Coastal dolphins are the types that stay closer to shore, it’s also the ones would might see on a dolphin tour! Off-shore dolphins stand by their name, they are out in the middle of the ocean and maybe swimming with others in pods. The coastal dolphins are more likely to migrate to warmer waters than off-shore dolphins and this is because the shallow waters can drop to freezing temperatures, making it an uncomfortable home for these magnificent creatures. The migration patterns normally follow from the Northern Atlantic coast to the Southern Atlantic coast! The warmer coastal regions are near Florida, California, and Texas.

More Migration Information

While dolphins do migrate to warmer water, they usually come back home or continue to travel because the ocean is an open road for them. The dolphins we have here will most likely stay close because Florida does have some of the warmer water, but they might travel to the waters of Miami or Key West because it’s so much warmer there than it is in Panama City Beach. Don’t worry though because they will return if they do decide to leave. While we can still, come get out on the water come meet the dolphins or rent a jet ski here at Bay Point Water Sports!