When Are the Best Times to See Dolphins in Virginia Beach?

One of the most awesome things you’ll ever see in your life are dolphins swimming in the wild, in nature, near Virginia Beach. It’s a mesmerizing sight, perhaps because it’s something you don’t see everyday. It’s like a glimpse into a whole other world, and you feel lucky for just having witnessed a brief moment of it.

Did you know dolphins tend to work their way along the coast of Virginia Beach in groups known as pods? It’s rare to see just one, since they tend to travel in pairs and pods. You’re apt to spot their dorsal fins above the water. They swim very fast. On occasion, they’ll jump out of the water– another marvelous moment to witness. These creatures are majestic in their own right– some weighing as much as 500 pounds and up to 10 feet in length!

There’s a certain beauty and grace to the way dolphins swim, and in Virginia Beach the best time to see them in the waters off the coast would be between Memorial Day and Labor Day. So, basically, summertime is a great time for dolphin-watching. Some people choose to use kayaks or paddleboards to go out on the water to get “up close and personal” with the dolphins, while others take the affordable “dolphin cruise” from Dockside Seafood & Fishing Center at Virginia Beach. The sunset cruise takes about an hour and a half, running Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

One thing that you might find interesting is this: dolphins like to keep company with boats. So, as the boat glides along the water, the dolphins almost seem to be swimming in sync with it! Over the years dolphins have been known to help scare away sharks from divers so they wouldn’t get hurt, while also helping divers locate underwater treasure. There seems to be a unique psychological connection between dolphins and humans, and, for the record, we’re both mammals, so it makes sense.

Can you see dolphins in the ocean year-round? Perhaps, but summertime is the ideal time. Why not take a dolphin cruise to see dolphins near Virginia Beach this summer? Call Dockside Seafood & Fishing Center at 757-481-4545 with any questions you might have.

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