Sea Life in Gulf Shores

Sea Life in Gulf Shores

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Sea Life in Gulf Shores

6:22 pm

Sea Life in Gulf Shores

6:22 pm

What is a beach vacation without the promise of ocean plants and animals? Along with top rated beaches and amazing views, sea life in Gulf Shores abounds as well. If you’re watching for nature, try to catch a glimpse of one of the local dolphin pods that show themselves frequently off the shore in the Gulf – this is a favorite among tourists!

The Gulf of Mexico is the ninth largest body of water in the entire world and it houses and supports a wide variety of sea life within its bounds. A large volume of freshwater from the United States, Canada and Mexico drains into the Gulf and helps to make it a prime location for active sea life. Below is a list of some of the sea creatures that call the Gulf their home:

Whales and Dolphins of the Gulf:

  • Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Spinner Dolphin
  • Atlantic Spotted Dolphin
  • Risso’s Dolphin
  • Pantropical Spotted Dolphin
  • Striped Dolphin
  • Clymene Dolphin
  • Short-finned Pilot Whale
  • Killer Whale
  • Melon Headed Whale
  • Brides Whale
  • Sperm Whale

Sea Turtles (5 of the 7 sea turtle species in the world are found in Gulf waters):

  • Kemp’s Ridley (most endangered)
  • Green
  • Loggerhead
  • Hawksbill
  • Leatherback

In addition to sea turtles, whales and dolphins another popular thing to see is the Migratory Birds that call Gulf Shores their home. The wetlands along the Gulf provide a haven for migratory birds and you will be sure to spot several during your stay. The Gulf also abounds with underwater fish and crustaceans as the sea life here provides for a multibillion dollar seafood industry.