There are two species of dolphin that you could observe or get to swim with on a Dolphin Swim Australia tour. Because they live in the open ocean, you would be unable to see these species of dolphin unless you travelled offshore.
Short-Beaked Common Dolphin
This is the beautifully patterned oceanic species we encounter most often.
Unlike many other species of dolphin, Short-Beaked Common Dolphins are very inquisitive and energetically engage with the vessel and our in-water guests – just what you want for a wild dolphin swim! We often think that the activity becomes more of a people watch for them, with mothers even bringing their calves in at times to see the show (much to the pure enjoyment of our guests!).
The Common Bottlenose Dolphin
The Common (Oceanic) Bottlenose lives only at sea and so the only way to see these ‘big guys’ is when travelling offshore.
These dolphins, which we see only rarely, are a larger version of the species that resides inside the bay(s) of Port Stephens. The smaller versions live in estuaries and close to beaches and so are regularly seen by surfers and beachgoers.