Category: Ocean Animals and Wildlife

How to Interact with Wild Dolphins

You’re out on the water, just off the coast of Florida, and you see something in the water. It looks like a dorsal fin… but don’t worry! It’s not a shark. The waters off the coast of Florida are actually home to many pods of wild dolphins. They’re often very friendly, but when you’re out… Read more »

Facts About Dolphins’ Social Structure

When you rent a jet ski from Woody’s Watersports, you’re likely to see a few dolphins. If you’re like us, you’re probably curious about them. Here are a few fun facts about dolphins’ social structure: Dolphins are highly sociable mammals. They live in groups called pods, which are composed of two to 40 dolphins. In… Read more »

Dolphin Crossing: How to Handle Seeing Dolphins During Your Ride

Encountering Dolphins in Madeira Beach

One of the best parts about hanging out at Woody’s Watersports is that sometimes riders have a chance to see a few of the local, friendly dolphins stop by for a swim! Check out this video we posted recently to our Facebook page of some dolphins swimming around our dock area. Encountering dolphins is one… Read more »

Five Facts About Manatees for National Manatee Day

Florida has spent the last three decades trying to increase the number of manatees that live in the waters just off the coast of the state. Back in the early 1990s, there were only about 1,300 of them. It’s why federal wildlife officials eventually placed them on the endangered species list. But in 2016, the… Read more »

Manatee Migration: Where Do They Go in the Winter?

Swimming Manatee

Now that the weather is getting cooler, animals are starting to migrate. One animal that begins its migration during mid-November is the manatee. Manatees are on the move looking for warmer bodies of water in the fall, seeking out more comfortable places to stay during the chillier winter months. During their migration period, they have… Read more »

Dolphins May Have Conversations?

Dolphin Conversations

At Woody’s Watersports, there is no secret that we love marine life. We are located right on the Gulf of Mexico and see a whole slew of marine wildlife every day. This can include multiple types of birds, fish and yes, even dolphins. Recently experts have shown that dolphins may have their own language. Dolphins… Read more »

Manatee Appreciation Day Celebrated in March

Manatees are beautiful and majestic marine mammals that migrate from Florida during the winter up to Virginia and Texas during the summer. These calm creatures can inhabit rivers, canals and coastal areas and spend most of their time eating and sleeping – sounds like a pretty good life, right? Although the manatee has a lifespan… Read more »

Experience the Majesty of Manatees and Dolphins

Bordered on the west by the Gulf of Mexico, Madeira Beach is a beautiful and popular vacation spot in Pinellas County, Florida. Here in Madeira Beach, Woody’s Watersports is the place to go for parasailing and jet skiing. The Gulf of Mexico is teeming with wildlife, and if you want to give yourself a real… Read more »