THE DOLPHIN TEAM
South African Angie Gullan developed Africa’s first structured wild dolphin swim program in 1996 after a two year pilot study in Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique. Under the supervision of Dr Vic Cockroft (The Centre of Dolphin Studies SA), Dr Almeida Guissamulo (The Natural History Museum of University Eduardo Mondlane) & Dr Vic Peddemors (Natal Sharks Board) a set of standard operating procedures were developed that included the implementation of a dolphincare code of conduct with data collection. Angie has worked closely with various governmental institutions in Mozambique to shed light on the importance of ethical marine mammal tourism and the implications of such activities in the area.
Mozambican Diana Rocha, graduated in Biology at the UGF university in Rio de Janeiro and began working as the research and volunteer coordinator for DolphinCareAfrica in Ponta do Ouro in 2010. Working on the project has given Diana extensive experience in fieldwork with boat based surveys, photo id and underwater observation of marine mammals and other mega fauna species. Diana’s main area of focus includes the Dolphins of Ponta ID project, the Humpback Whale Migration as well promoting ethical and responsible marine mammal tourism. She is currently furthering her studies in coastal marine management.
Captain / Skipper
Is our dedicated skipper who has been working in the industry for the past two decades. He is highly skilled in surf launching, ensuring safety and peace of mind whilst at sea. Mitch heads up the boating side of the project and has spent the past 15 years working with Angie and her team. His experience allows him to identify individuals within the pods we monitor, as well as read and understand the myriad of different behaviours they exhibit. All fundamental in running an ethical wild dolphins swim program.
Deck hand and photo's
Mozambican Dallas joined our crew in December 2001 and has proved his dedication and commitment to the dolphin team time and again. Although not a keen swimmer, he is wonderful on the boat as he gives a helping hand. He is usually the first on the scene everyday preparing our boat in the early morning hours for launching and is responsible for fuel, keeping our boat Avalon clean and general maintenance. While on board, he can often be found behind the camera lens.