Shell Island and Dolphins
About Shell Island
Come and explore the white sand, seashells, Sand Dollars, and crystal clear water. Being at Shell Island is like being in the Caribbean. Shell Island in Panama City Beach, Florida is famous for a reason. Shell Island is a beautiful 7-mile long undeveloped barrier island lying between the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrews Bay. Yeah, undeveloped, no condos here! This undeveloped 700 acre barrier island is just a short boat ride from the Panama City Marina. This is one of the few areas left on the coast of Florida that has been left undisturbed. This beautiful island has been kept as natural as possible.
The island offers some great family fun activites, we can take you to walk along the beach looking for shells or do some snorkeling to find star fish and sand dollars. On all of our tours you can get to look and swim with dolphins.
The beach on shell island is fine white sand scattered with shells. The best time to find whole shells is right after a storm. This is due to the shells being pushed onto shore from the waves. If you snorkel out a little ways from the beach you can always find perfect shells. If you snorkel, you have a much better chance of getting whole shells.
The island is covered with palm trees, pine trees, sea oats and dunes. There are deer, armadillos, raccoons and there was an alligator. During nesting season turtles come to the island to nest. You will see areas that have been taped off to protect the turtle nests.
Shell Island is must see destination for anyone visiting Panama City.
About our Bottlenose dolphins
The dolphins that inhabit the waters along the Island are bottlenose dolphins. These are a resident pod of dolphins that are here year round. On some of our tours we encounter up to 30 dolphins.
Interesting Facts about our dolphins.
Bottlenose dolphins live in pods of 10 to 30, but they can also be found alone and up to 1000. Their diets consist mainly of forage fish. Dolphins work as a team to harvest fish schools, and can hunt by themselves. Dolphins search for fish using echolocation. They emit clicking sounds and listen for the return echos to determine the location. Bottlenose dolphins also use sound for communication, including squeaks and whistles, as well as sounds emitted through body movements, such as leaping from the water and slapping their tails on the water surface. Adult dolphins range from 6 to 13 feet, and 330 to 1,400 pounds. Males are slightly longer and considerably heavier than females. Females are about 8 feet, and 450 to 700 pounds. Dolphins can live to be 40 years old in the wild. Females typically outlive the males. Dolphins can also jump up to 20 feet in the air and reach speeds of 22 miles per hour