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Dolphins
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Ponta

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We are the Local Dolphins of Ponta! An inshore species of that live in the coastal shallows of the Lubumbo Transfrontier Conservation Area that links South Africa, Mozambique & Swaziland.

 

We frequently cross between Mozambique's southern most marine protected area and the iSimangaliso World Heritage Site and travel as far down south to Sodwana Bay! 

 

Some of us are resident, in that we are sighted over all the seasons, over a number of years. while the transients visit occasionally.

 

We are Tursiops aduncus - commonly known as the Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin. Our inshore cousin Herme is of the Humpback Dolphin tribe - Sousa plumbea... In 1996 we had our first media debuts on TV and in print and by 1997 a citizen science project was developed to collect baseline data and imagery on us! 

 

Nearly three decades later 255 of us have been catalogued and thanks to the care of local operators, partners and visitors, protective measures have been put in place to protect our kind and our home.

 

When visiting the Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve please take a moment to familiarise yourself with our cetacean family, where we occur and what to do if in the event you encounter us at sea and remember in our Park, we are protected, which means no-one is permitted to swim with us, unless on a permitted dolphin concession boat.

- Learn more about how to keep us safe -

Meet some of the Ladies

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Bo

First record: 1999

Known offspring: 6

Age class: Adult ±30

Something special: First dolphin to initiate a circle swim with Angie in the March of 1999. Her name is short for bottle opener! She is the mother of Rocha, -Bella, -Blu, Bojangles and her current unnamed babe.

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Rocha

First record: 2004

Known offspring: 2

Age Class: Adult ±18

Something special: Rocha is Bo's first offspring and is just as sociable as mum. She is the mother to Ripple and Rona making Bo and grandmother.

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Gilly

First record: 2003

Known offspring: 6

Age class: Adult ± 27

Something special: Gilly received her name due to three rake marks that resembled gills. She is the mother of Gulliver, -Gypsy, Gandalf, Gulliver, Gambit and her current unnamed babe.

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Gulliver

First record: 2007

Known offspring: 2

Age class: Adult ±15

Something special: Gulliver is the first offspring of Gilly. During the first week of life she was bitten by a shark - but lived to tell the tale. She is the mother of Ginger and has reciently calved again.

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Sabby

First record: 2006

Known offspring:: Unknown

Age class: Adult

Something special: She is the mother of SheShy

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Sheshy

First record: 2009

Known offspring: 1

Age class: Adult ±15

Something special: Sheshy is super sociable, a first time mum and recently went through a fin change! She is the mother of Shira.

Meet some of the Men

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Freya

First record: 2006

Known offspring: 4

Age class: Adult

Something special: Freya is one of our resident females and is seen often in the coastal shallows of the MRP.

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Silva

First record: 2009

Known offspring: 1

Age Class: Adult ±17

Something special: Silva not only has a fairly distinctive dorsal fin, but also a large scar that runs along her bottom jaw-line.

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Adot

First record: 2009

Known offspring: 4

Age class: Adult ± 19

Something special: Adot is a regular in the Park and is often seen in the company of local ladies Bo, Tatti & Freya.

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Rob

First record: 1997

Known associated: Tik and Dylan

Age class: Adult

Something special: Rob was the first dolphin to be catalogued, he has large white patches on his one side.

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Tik

First record: 2000

Known associated: Rob and Dylan

Age class: Adult

Something special: 99% of the time is is in the compnay of Rob and Dylan!

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Dylan

First record: 2009

Known associated: Tik and Rob

Age class: Adult

Something special: 99% of the time he is in the company of Rob and Tik!

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Elvis

First record: 2010

Known associated: Theo & Snap

Age class: Adult

Something special: Elvis is part of the Theo and Fye gang, however over recent years Elvis has been seen cruising with Theo and Snap - with Fye nowhere to be seen!

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Theo

First record: 2011

Known associated: Snap & Elvis

Age class: Adult

Something special: Like Elvis, Theo went through a major fin change! It didn't take long to match him though due to his sociable and sometimes cheeky character!

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Snap

First record: 2011

Known associated:Elvis & Theo

Age class: Adult

Something special: Snap in the past has made a point of jaw clapping and snapping at humans in the water - hence his name!

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Gandalf

First record: 2012

Known associated: Pluto

Age class: Sub-Adult ±10

Something special: Gandalf is the first son of Gilly & is unique in that he has rather square pectorals and a stalked barnicle growth on his rostrum!

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Gambit

First record: 2015

Known associated: Freddy

Age class: Sub-Adult ±7