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Dolphin Feeding in Tin Can Bay

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by Grace (subscribe)
Freelance writer/photographer, currently living in London. Follow me on twitter @Grace_c_Harding.
Published January 9th 2012
During a recent weekend in Rainbow Beach, I made it my mission to visit Barnacles Dolphin Centre. Seeing as I have never been at a reasonably close distance to a dolphin in my life, I definitely wasn't going to miss the opportunity to feed a wild one.




Barnacles, which overlooks the Snapper Creek inlet in Tin Can Bay, is run by a team of volunteers. A team that is clearly very dedicated to caring for the dolphins, as they are on site every single morning of the year. We had been advised by a friend to arrive before 7.30am and luckily so, as there was already a queue by the time we arrived. The centre is adjacent to Barnacle's Cafe so most of the adults in the queue were already clutching coffees, while children bubbled with excitement.

A smiling volunteer gave us some background information on the centre and told us how it had all begun with one injured dolphin taking shelter in the cove. The locals had nursed him back to health and the dolphin obviously never forgot it, as he returned again and again. Ever since then, the number of dolphin visitors to the cove has grown, as has the number of human visitors.

She then explained that there would be a $5 charge for the fish and after quickly sterilising our hands, we would be taken into the water one by one, to feed the dolphins. Peering behind her, I could see two huge Indio-Pacific Humpback dolphins waiting patiently in the shallow water. When my turn came and I reached down into the water with my little fish, the dolphin took it gently and politely from my hand.

Even though I was only near the dolphin for a very short time, I was left grinning happily for the rest of the day. The dolphins are wild and they're certainly not being forced to visit, they come because they want to. I think that's the really special thing about Barnacles Dolphin Centre and I hope it continues to be supported for a long time.

You don't need to book in advance to take part, but you may want to call the centre to confirm feeding arrangements. You can phone them on 07 5486 4899.
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Why? Get up close with a wild dolphin
When: Feeding at 8am
Where: Tin Can Bay, QLD
Cost: $5.00
Your Comment
Wow, I love dolphins and will have to make the effort to visit there next time Im in Queensland. They say dolphins are intelligent and fun loving creatures that happily play in pods and do bring with them, especially for humans, healing vibrations. I just love their smile and what I think is their giggling.
by Jody Kimber (score: 2|829) 2033 days ago
Oh weekendnotes.com I love you! My friend took me here about 11-12 years ago and I couldn't remember where it was. I am moving back to Brisbane next month and was just saying to my husband if only I could remember where it was I could take him. And now I can! Thank you hehe :)
by jade_4 (score: 0|4) 2049 days ago
I recently had the opportunity to participate in this wonderful activity. It as truly a worthwhile and very enjoyable experience. Especially if you have never seen a dolphin up close before. The staff were fantastic, the price cheap and the dophins fascinating. I could not think of a better way to educate people on these amazing sea creatures. All in all I highly recommend undertaking this activity, especially if you have never met a dolphin up close and personal before.
by BG (score: 0|2) 2029 days ago
I recently had the opportunity to participate in this wonderful activity. It as truly a worthwhile and very enjoyable experience. Especially if you have never seen a dolphin up close before. The staff were fantastic, the price cheap and the dophins fascinating. I could not think of a better way to educate people on these amazing sea creatures. All in all I highly recommend undertaking this activity, especially if you have never met a dolphin up close and personal before.
by BG (score: 0|2) 2029 days ago
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