so i was in florida about a week ago swimming in the gulf side, the actually place is called stump pass. i saw a dolphin swimming in like 2 feet of water and went swimming with it.. it was awesome. my question is what type of Dolphin was it probably. kinda near sarasota but alittle more south. and is it safe to swim with wild dolphins..he was so nice just swimming right next to me i got to touch it but then my sister freaked out and said that it might bite me. is that true do dolphins bite people
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There are quite a few Dolphin breeds that reside in the Gulf.
Probably the most commonly seen is the Bottlenose Dolphin.
Other breeds include:
Atlantic Spotted Dolphin
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin
No, as much fun as it sounds to swim with wild Dolphins, it's not safe. It's not safe for human nor Dolphin. You are exposing a wild Dolphin to humans, which could make them less wary of us and lead them to harms way. It's also been proven that swimming with Dolphins can change their natural behavior, especially if you disturb them when they are trying to rest. In some areas, swimming with wild Dolphins is considered illegal.
Yes, Dolphins can bite.