Pet Porpoise Pool is a marine park in Coffs Harbour, New South and is the only oceanarium in the state with a licence to exhibit dolphins. The Dolphin and Seal show is the main attraction and visitors can have photo taken with the Dolphins or pat them before or after a show.
The Pet Porpoise Pool works closely with the National Parks and Wildlife Service to provide a recovery refuge for stranded or injured marine life and other native animals. The dolphin and seal show provides visitors with an education and awareness of the needs of these magnificent animals. The team participates in marine life research and study projects, and provides assistance to the annual research of the migrating humpback whales on behalf of the Australian Museum, Sydney.
At Pet Porpoise Pool, the pools are raised so that water level is about waist height. This makes it easy for visitors to get close to the dolphins and pat or play with them between shows. The dolphins at the Pet Porpoise Pool are actually Bottle-nosed Dolphins – not true porpoises. The twice daily show begins at 9.30 am and 12.30 pm and features dolphins leaping from the water and tail walking. The show also features Australian sea-lions.
For additional cost, the Pet Porpoise Pool offers encounters to feed and play with the dolphins in the water. The Junior Encounter provides 15 minute encounter in the water for 6 to 11 year old children. Senior Encounters for age 12 and over is an even more interactive and educational experience. A Family Encounter is a private swim with the dolphins for a family of 2 adults and 2 children. The Seal Encounter is aimed for age 8 and over and provides the opportunity to interact with at least 2 different Sea-lions.
There are many other animals at the park apart from the dolphins and seals. You can feed the little penguins or investigate the turtles and check out the fish including a Port Jackson Shark. There are also emus, kangaroos, cockatoos, peacocks and a pelican wandering around the park.
The park facilities include café and picnic area. The Pet Porpoise Pool is located at Orlando St in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.