The implementation of the photo id project together with in-water filming created the perfect platform for media exposure. The Dolphins of Ponta had their first media debut in 1996 with the screening of Dancing with Dolphins on 50/50. Subsequently they have graced the pages of many a magazine and newspaper and have been featured on tv and have been the stars of movies, commercials and documentaries. Our dolphins are famous and have put Mozambique’s Marine Mammal Tourism industry on the map with the area drawing visitors from all over the globe. In 2010 Angie and her relationship with the Dolphins was screened on Carte Blanche, with subsequent features on SA channels including Weg Breek and 50/50.
Angie is passionate about filming and photography and together the team have been able to capture some wondrous moments with the dolphins and other marine life. Angie's in-water records have been used in productions including that of BBC's The Spy in the Pod and more recently Spy in the Wild - Mischief.
Angie has captured some extraordinary events with the Dolphins of Ponta and records all encountours in-water with our finned friends and marine megafauna. This is available on our social networks for our guests non-commercial use. High definition is available on request for the use in commercial film making, documentaries and advertising. All footage has been shot within the boundaries of ethical marine mammal tourism protocols.
FILMING IN THE RESERVE
The filming of dolphins and other marine megafauna in the Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve is allowed under special permission granted from the National Administration of Conservation Areas in Mozambique. Permit fees apply for commercial productions. Please email Angie who will be able to assist you with arranging permits, accommodation, transfers and boating requirements.
Your Guides when filming
Angie Gullan has spent the past two decades befriending, filming & monitoring the local dolphins of Ponta. Her longterm relationship and work ethic is visible in material she has captured over the years, were many interesting behaviors have been observed. Patience is needed to get the right shot at the right time. Wind, rain, visibility, dolphin abundance & sociability play a part in making it all come together. With this said, allocate enough time.
Season & SeaState
It is recommend that filming be undertaken in low season. This ensures less stress on the dolphins & quieter waters. Dolphins tend to be more accommodating when there is less boat & human pressure. Launching is not undertaken in high seas, wind & rain.
Boats & Crew
Our boat ‘Avalon’ is an 8m semi ridged dive boat that has been specially designed with comfort, the dolphins & surf launching in mind. She takes a maximum of 16 persons including a crew of 4: captain, field guides (1or2) & deck hand. She is powered by new generation 4 stroke Suzuki 90‘s to ensure less fuel consumption and noise when working with our dolphins. There is ample space for camera boxes & dry boxes are available for non waterproofs. Surf launch is not recommended for unfit & fragile people.
Code of Conduct
Dolphin advocates that the less boat pressure on the dolphins, the better. We maintain a one boat policy. Filming is undertaken in accordance to the DolphinCare Code of Conduct & Ethics Guide set out by the African Wildlife Film Makers Association.(AWFA).
Use of material
Dolphins material is available for use in scientific & educational productions as well as advertising. Material obtained in collaboration with Dolphin is to be supplied in a usable format in order to add to the DolphinCare’s data bank for research purposes. Two copies of the final product (including soundtrack) is to be supplied upon release. The donated items shall be used by DolphinCare and the Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve for educational, marketing and information purposes after release.
The subject and the habitat are more important than the photograph.
First study the species you want to photograph.
Make sure that you can recognise signs of stress.
Never let your presence cause the animal any stress.
If there is a sign of stress, pull back.
Familiarise yourself with the local rules concerning wildlife, such as the minimum distance to be kept between you and the animals, and be sure to obey them.
Keep in mind that the animals are always unpredictable and that you are intruding in the animal's world - you are its guest. Conduct your activity accordingly and leave whenever your host gives even the slightest hint that you are no longer welcome.
Do not entice a wild animal with food (baiting) in order to get the photo.
Allow the animal to be wild, and to move about on its own accord.
Photos & film of baited wildlife are prohibited on some sites.
Consider using camouflage to bring the subject within photo range without disturbing it.
Use a lens of long enough focal length to avoid approaching the subject too closely.
Also, consider composing your photos to show more of the animal's environment.