Dolphin Bay

Get an up-close and personal look at our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins from two different locations in this 400,000-gallon, 12 foot-deep saltwater pool.

At our top level, witness the airborne acrobatics from Kai, Shadow, Liko, and Schooner during our twice-daily Dolphins presentations. Below, in the Underwater Observation Area, enjoy a tranquil view of these marine mammals from a 70-foot acrylic window.

All of our dolphins were born in a protective environment and are unable to be released into the wild. Learn how we go the extra mile every day to give these dolphins the best possible care. Dive into the details on our enrichment program, where we use the environment and Environmental Enrichment Devices (EEDs), many custom-designed by our Dolphin Bay trainers, to encourage the dolphin’s natural behaviors and improve their social, cognitive, and psychological well-being.

These dolphins are amazing ambassadors to their cousins the wild, helping us raise awareness of the threats faced by marine mammals in the Gulf of Mexico and beyond. In Dolphin Bay, you can learn how fishing line entanglement, pollution, disease, and other harmful human activity endangers dolphins, and what we all can do to help them survive.

Meet Our Dolphins

  • Shadow

    Shadow was born July 23, 1992, and is the oldest dolphin in Dolphin Bay. He is easily recognizable by the small hole in his dorsal fin, a feature he was born with.

  • Kai

    Kai, whose name means “spirit of the sea,” in Hawaiian, is our second-oldest dolphin, being born on October 11, 1994. He is recognized by a notch in his tail fluke, and commonly performs with Shadow during our Dolphins presentations.

  • Liko

    Liko, our youngest dolphin, was born on June 26, 2007. He is recognizable from his distinct countershading, and is usually partnered with Schooner.

  • Schooner

    Schooner is our second-youngest dolphin, born on March 7, 2007. He can be recognized by his light coloring, and his trainers consider him perhaps the smartest dolphin in Dolphin Bay.

animals in this exhibit

  • bottlenose dolphin

    The bottlenose's torpedo-like body and powerful tails allow them to speed through the water at more than 20 miles per hour.