As you continue into the park, you have no choice but to pass by the large pool that is home to Aquatica’s signature attraction — the pod of Commerson’s dolphins that give the Dolphin Plunge its name and raison d’être. These adorable critters, native to the waters of Australia, bear black and white markings that give them an unmistakable resemblance to Shamu.
Of course, the resemblance is purely coincidental, but it makes for great subliminal marketing. Chances are a staffer will be posted by the pool, so don’t forget to ask him or her when feeding times will be the day of your visit. If you return at the appointed time, you will be treated to a display of enchanting “behaviors” as the frisky dolphins earn their daily bread... er, fish.
At other times, you have a variety of options for checking out these fascinating cousins of Flipper. The surface of the pool is one spot, although the best chance of seeing them break water is during the aforementioned feeding times. The next option is to continue into the park proper, down the stairs, and take a left turn into an underwater viewing area called Dolphin Lookout where you can watch them zip about the pool, over, under, and around the clear tubes of Dolphin Plunge.
The best option, however, is the underwater window that is part of Loggerhead Lane, reviewed below.
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