bottlenose dolphins

Relaxed Bottlenose dolphins along Keurbooms Beach

Bottlenose dolphins generally spend time close inshore, travelling or resting in the surf zone because it is thought to be a safe zone for them to be in. The turbulence created by the waves crashing onto the beaches disguises them from predators by masking their communication sounds. On our boat trip yesterday (Wednesday) we had READ MORE

Bottlenose dolphins playing in the surf

This week we found several groups of bottlenose dolphins playing in the surf along Keurbooms beach. Often the dolphins surf a wave and leap out the back of it providing the guests with an amazing show and great photo opportunity. Did you know that one of the reasons that bottlenose dolphins spend time in the READ MORE

Bottlenose dolphins in Plettenberg Bay.

Over the past weekend, we have enjoyed frequent sightings of a large pod of approximately 200 Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins. Our encounters with the dolphins have been both in the surf zone where dolphins spend about 75% of their lives and out in the bay, into which they venture to feed on bait-fish and squid. The READ MORE

Facts on Bottlenose Dolphins.

There are three dolphin species seen in Plettenberg Bay on a regular basis. They are Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus), Humpback dolphins (Sousa chinensis) and Common dolphins (Delphinus sp). The species seen most frequently is the Bottlenose dolphin. Bottlenose dolphins got the name from their short beak and can grow up to 2.5m in length and READ MORE

Bottlenose dolphins playing in the surf.

Bottlenose dolphins that play along the beach line are sometimes predictable in their behaviour. When a set of big waves comes in towards the beach they will surf in on them and breach out the back of the wave. This is a stunning sight, every time.      

Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins love to play in the surf zone along the Keurbooms Beach. But when we encounter them in the middle of the bay they swim with the boat and surf in front of it.

Bottlenose dolphins scarring and identification

It’s uncommon for the Bottlenose dolphins to have a lot of scars and scratches. They get them during social interaction like fighting or courting.They also get them from interaction with predators like sharks or Orcas (Killer whales) and just by feeding around rocks and reefs. The marks, together with the shape of the fin helps READ MORE

Picture of the day: Pod of Bottlenose dolphins

“Picture of the day” Another fantastic day on the ocean!!! On Wednesday morning on our 09h30 boat trip we encountered a pod of Bottlenose dolphins on the other side of the Keurbooms River Mouth. En-Route to Robberg we encountered a Brydes whale at Robberg 5.