The Dolphin Explorer cut the ribbon of their newest ship on June 11th at the Rose Marina. Replacing their older vessel, they hope the larger-capacity boat will allow for more people to experience the tour than ever before.
Bob McConville, a naturalist working for the Dolphin Explorer program, cut the ribbon at the event while Michael Tateo served as the captain during its christening voyage.
The overwhelming success of the tours meant that many potential guests had to be turned away due to limited capacity, especially during the height of the tourist system. Replacing the previous ship which had rows of seats, the new vessel has seats around the perimeter, allowing for more freedom of movement and opportunities for a better viewing experience of the wildlife.
Various members of the Marco Island community were invited to attend for refreshments as the ship was taken out for a short voyage out around the northern point of the island – seeing some of the local dolphins along the way.
Plans for the ship are ongoing, such as the installation of a touch tank onboard so that children and other guests may be able to get a closer look at the wildlife living within the Marco Island waters.
The team at the Dolphin Explorer is confident their new ship shall be a boost to their success into the coming winter season.