Awesome trip as we saw two different type of dolphins! Cruising along the shallows looking for our little Indian ocean humpback dolphins we were surprised by a pod of bottlenose dolphins and then shortly after by the humpbacks. Its very rare to see more than one species within a span of 20 minutes. We also saw great sharks, seals and penguins. On our way home, already super happy with the sightings of the day we were surprised by a large pod of the same bottlesnose dolphins, indicating that the earlier pod was a small scouting party that broke off from the larger pod to see whats happening in the bay. Dolphins Rule!
What species did we see today?
At present there are two recognized species of bottlenose dolphin, and in some cases, both species can be found in the same area. The two species are the common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), and the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin (T. aduncus). In addition, there is a great deal of variation in colouration, diet and behaviour. The difference between the common bottlenose and Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin are subtle, but the common bottlenose dolphin generally larger and more robust with a slight darker colouration.
Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin
Humpback dolphins are an endangered species, with small populations living very close to shore, typically in water less than 25m deep and an average home range of 120km. Their proximity to land makes these animals particularly vulnerable to human influence.
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