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Meet the Dolphins – Explore Tangalooma, Brisbane

‘No stress, No crowds, No mobile phones, No worries! Just about sums up a holiday on this island of beauty, tranquility and adventure. Escape to beautiful Moreton Bay - third largest Sand Island, with a scenic cruise that in just over an hour will bring you to the crystal clear waters and sandy shores of Tangalooma - Brisbane's island getaway!

   

Tangalooma's wide range of resort facilities caters for everyone and offers guests of all ages the perfect destination for unique
adventure, education, or nature based experiences in a truly relaxed
environment.

From sun up to sun down Tangalooma is a haven for those who want to
relax and have fun, and with over 80 activities on offer there is
something for everyone to enjoy.

But the highlight of any stay at the resort is the opportunity to closely interact with nature. Be enchanted by the playful antics of the wild dolphins that visit Tangalooma jetty each night. Echo, Nari and the rest of the family are always full of chatter and love to show off. Hand feed them as they gather at the shore or watch from the jetty, either way the experience is unforgettable!

Moreton Island Moreton Island was a key centre during the early days of Brisbane's penal settlement. European settlement began in 1848 with a pilot station at Bulwer. Cape Moreton lighthouse was the first lighthouse made from local sandstone and still operates today. By 1920, five more lighthouses were built, though only two now operate.

Between 1952 and 1962, Tangalooma operated a whaling station processing about 600 whales a year, mostly humpbacks. When the whaling station closed, the buildings were redeveloped into what now is Tangalooma Island Resort.

Whaling Station Tangalooma whaling station operated from 1952 until 1962, during which period it harvested and processed 6277 Humpback Whales. Whaling took place when the Humpback whales migrated along the coast in winter, in an eight- to ten-week season during which the processing factory ran 24 hours a day. The operation was at first very successful, employing a crew of about 140 people, but, in its final years, a collapse in catch levels made it uneconomic to continue. When the station began whaling, the population of eastern Australian Humpbacks was estimated at 10,000; when it ended, the number of whales had been reduced to an estimated 500.

In 1963 the hunting of Humpbacks was banned in Australian waters; since then the population has been recovering. Following the closure of the station, it was sold for resort development.

   

Marine Education and Conservation Centre
The TMECC promotes environmental awareness. It employs full-time
marine biologists and other scientists to conduct education programs
and nature-based tours to enhance visitors' awareness of the
surrounding ecosystems.

Wild Dolphin Resort The resort is well-known for the hand-feeding of wild dolphins. Every evening at sunset a pod of up to nine bottlenose dolphins swims to the beach in front of the resort where selected guests can feed them, an activity supervised by the TMECC. Apart from the dolphin feeding program, there are many tours and other activities on offer, including whale watching cruises.

Accommodation consists of about 300 rooms, as a variety of hotel units, villas and apartments. The highlight of any visit to Tangalooma is the opportunity to hand feed one of the wild bottlenose dolphins that visit the shores each evening at sunset. There are upto 11 of these playful creatures that visit regularly, each with their own distinctive and unique personalities.

You can learn more about their quirky ways at our free daily Dolphin Behaviour and Data Collection Presentation in the Marine Education and Conservation Centre.

The wild dolphin feeding program operates to strict guidelines to ensure that the dolphins maintain their natural instincts and independence. The dolphins are only fed between 10 to 20 percent of their daily food requirements to ensure that they also hunt for themselves and do not become reliant on us.

 

When it comes time to feed the dolphins be prepared to get wet. Feeding the dolphins often requires you to walk into waist-deep water, so wearing shorts or swimwear is ideal. A member of the Dolphin Care Team will be there to guide you through each step of the feeding process.

So come and witness the undoubtedly unique experience of hand feeding a pod of wild bottlenose dolphins.

Contributed By:  Swapnil Gunjal, Travel Writer swapnilgunjal0201@gmail.com

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