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Seismic survey effects on whales and dolphins

The ocean is a noisy place, as, unlike light and other possible stimuli, sound can travel very efficiently in seawater. Anthropogenic noise pollution in the marine environment is becoming a large concern – underwater noise created by ships and other human-related sources can be detected many kilometres away, far beyond what would be seen or […]

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Long-beaked common dolphin

In Plettenberg Bay we are fortunate enough to have three species of dolphins that frequent the area, and one of these is the long-beaked common dolphin Delphinus capensis. As the name may suggest, this species has a long, narrow, pointed beak, while another diagnostic feature is a ‘criss-cross’ figure-of-eight or hourglass shape on the sides […]

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Humpback dolphin

The Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin Sousa chinensis is a resident species along our coastline, and is the iconic species of the Plettenberg Bay Hope Spot (www.sst.org.za/hope-spots/plett-hope-spot). The Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin is a widespread and highly variable species. Humpback dolphins range from the east coast of Africa, northern Indian Ocean, along the southern coast of the Middle […]

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Do whales and dolphins take care of disabled members in their pod?

In many animal societies a group member born with disabling deformities or having a severe wound becomes a burden to the group and is often left behind. If left behind they normally die of hunger, disease from their wounds or they get killed by predators, however some species of dolphins and whales don’t leave their […]

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Picture of the day: Brydes whale

Whale Watching Picture of the Day – Garden Route

Whale Watching / Ocean Safari / Close Encounter Whale Experience – Picture of the Day  Yesterday on our 09h30 and we had this Brydes whale at Keurbooms Village. This whale swam alongside the boat for 10 minutes before moving off. En-route to Robberg, we encountered 9 Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins playing in the surf at Robberg […]

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