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“Highlight of our trip” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dolphin Research and Sea Life Nature Center

Dolphin Research and Sea Life Nature Center
110 N Garcia, South Padre Island, TX 78578
+1 956-299-1957
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Owner description: This nature center is a voice for dolphins wild and free, we do not keep them in captivity. We do have daily BOAT tours to take you out to meet them. Our facility has touch tanks and marine exhibits to help all who visit understand how we can help save our oceans.
Sweet Home, Oregon
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“Highlight of our trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

When we scheduled a trip out to see the dolphins, Scarlet was not available to go. We had a very kind knowledgeable gentleman (and his dog Tawni) that took us out instead. That was an experience of a lifetime! We learned so much, and got to be up close & personal with watching the dolphins. Tawni was hilarious when she was talking with the dolphins- pretty cool. We went with another couple & it was well worth the money! We WILL do this again when returning to the area. Thank you for a wonderful memorable experience!!!

Visited April 2012
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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“Dolphin watch with the dolphin whisperer the only way to go!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Thank you to Scarlet for her refreshing tour to visit her "tribe"of dolphins in the Laguna madre. We boarded her small boat, only seats six including Rozzi the dolphin dog, and she brought us out into the water to meet her family of dolphins. After she convinced us that the dolphins really do love it when you hoot, holler, bark and get excited, the tribe revealed itself to us! We saw at least 30 dolphins who played in our wake, swam up to the boat, even a few leaps. As an animal lover and amateur naturalist I truly believe that Scarlett's tour is the only sustainable, safe, respectful way to view the wildlife of south padre. The most obvious sign of Scarlet's hard work, respect and energy was that when the large "dolphin watch" boats from port Isabel came by the dolphins literally disppeared. In her own words, how can you be a dolphin watch specialist if you don't even know the dolphins names, habitat and locations. Let alone love and respect them. Thank you thank you thank you scarlet for your hard work and unforgettable day

Visited February 2013
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Waterloo, WI
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“The Dolphin Whisperer”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

I can't say enough good things about Scarlet Colley. She made this experience. We started with a tour around the Sea Life Center and then headed to the boat for some Dolphin Watching. Her excitment and knolwedge of the dolphine tribe was spectacular. My kids (7 & 4) voted this the best activity while on vacation in So Padre.

Visited January 2013
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Stow, Ohio
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“Girls 3 day trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

The dolphin trip was great! We saw over 40 dolphin. The center is small but interesting. a Crab liked me better than his habitat tried to come home with me

Visited December 2012
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“Amazing Rescue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

The center has an amazing story and wonderful hands on tanks for the kids. If you take time to talk to the staff they will tell you heartfelt stories about the animals. We also booked the dolphin trip and on our way we found a green sea turtle in trouble with a huge gash in its head. Scarlet who is the director of the center had us help lift it into the boat and called for help right away. Sea turtles are all endangered or critically endangered so this rescue was amazing. We then continued to find and enjoy more than 20 dolphins! 100% worth it but please go only if you care about the environment and animals. Scarlet and the Sea life center are educators, animal lovers and are there to make a difference.

Visited January 2013
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spisealife, Owner at Dolphin Research and Sea Life Nature Center, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
Thank you for joining me on my boat and helping rescue that turtle. He is doing fine now. You all are rescue rangers for sure. It was a great tour with you.
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