Virginia Beach is at somewhat of an intersection of two major dolphin migratory patterns, so you will see both the northern and southern coastal migratory bottlenose dolphins while here. The northern species will travel as far as New York while the southern dolphins will make their way to Florida and back. The dolphins in our area are constantly moving, so it is very likely the pod you see out your window today is not the same ones you saw the day before. Dolphins migrate following their food source and in our area they feed primarily on fish that make sounds such as the croaker and other species in the drum family.
If you’re in the water, on a kayak or surfboard, it’s not uncommon to see these animals in close proximity; and, while at times you feel it would be easy to paddle up and pet one, never forget this is their domain. Physical contact is rare and only when initiated by the dolphin. There are documented cases of dolphins intervening to protect humans from sharks and other dangers in the ocean, so maybe they feel that same kinship we do.
I hope we also bring them the same sense of joy.