Dolphin of Ponta 'Elvis'
Updated: Oct 3
Elvis received his name because of his circle swimming which was and still is close and often eye to eye! For many years Elvis was seen in the company of Theo and Fye who are of same age and sex. The young males, when growing up enjoyed human visits and would break pod formation to come and inspect us two leggards.
As the years passed, these boys were regularly encountered in the bay - however things changed for them in 2014 when Fye just disappeared; so far never to be seen again. It was in the June of that year that the three boys were last recorded in-water together. They disappeared off the radar so to speak until photo evidence arose in the December of 2014 showing Elvis with a set of rake marks and a new mid notch. Elvis had had a run in with a large predator, possibly offshore while visiting whales during the migration.
Elvis is still around and still has a very engaging personality, sometimes getting a little too close for comfort. - When the pressure is up or the pod has something more important to do - he will be the first to let you know. Some may remember his open jaws, mock charges and jaw claps!
Check out the video below of Elvis and the boys chasing Diana after a swimmer broke the code of conduct and dived down….
In 2015, Elvis had another major fin makeover which makes him super easy to identity today in the Ponta do Ouro Partial Martine Reserve. He is still bf’s with Theo and is also seen regularly with Snap (another open jaw-er) and humpback dolphin Herme.
To find out how you can go about adopting one of our special finned friends please visit the site of the Society of Dolphin Conservation in Germany.
Don’t forget to checkout our partners at the World Cetacean Alliance to find out more about our vision of A World where cetaceans are only found in the wild, are respected and fully protected!