Dusky Dolphin

A Brazillian Marine Biologist was given the most incredible sighting thanks to a pod of Dusky Dolphins that displayed their aerobatic skills in Hout Bay.


Hout Bay, Western Cape – Brazillian tourist Dani Abras was treated to a beautiful sight recently while out on the waters in Hout Bay.

The touring marine biologist was given quite the show thanks to a pod of Dusky Dolphins, who she said must have been 1000 strong. She saw the massive pod while on a cruise with Captain Jacks Whale Watching.

The Dusky Dolphin prefers cold currents and inshore waters and is commonly spotted around South America, South-Western Africa, New Zealand, and various oceanic islands. It is known for its remarkable acrobatics, having several aerial behaviours. They often are seen doing leaps, backslaps, head slaps, tail slaps, spins, and nose outs.
The dolphins showcased their skills on this most recent sighting as well.

The dolphins are small to medium-sized in comparison to other species. They travel in large pods, but the sizes vary as some slow down to rest and to forage for food. For Dani to see such a large and active pod, was something she has dreamed of.

“Over 1000 Dolphins Dusky in one of the most fantastic scenes I’ve ever been lucky enough to witness!” – Dani Abras

During her travels in South Africa, she was also able to witness the humpback whale, a sight she has seen many times but never of our South African beauties!

“Even though I’ve seen countless humpback whale jumps in my life, the emotion I feel is like I’m the first.
Technically it’s the first I see of the b2 population in South Africa. Count, huh?”

Take a look at her incredible sightings below. She encourages people who need a break from mainstream news to follow her Instagram account which is filled with the wonders of the ocean.


Super pod: mais de 1000 golfinhos Dusky em uma das cenas mais fantásticas que já tive a sorte de presenciar!
#CapeTown #SouthAfrica #HoutBay

Posted by Dani Abras on Sunday, July 14, 2019

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🇬🇧 Super pod of Dusky Dolphins, the numbers could be between 1000 and 1500 individuals in this big group. They chilled around our zodiac for a while and I could do some minutes of underwater footage with a #GoPro in a selfie stick. We could observe some Cape Fur Seal playing around in some occasions. Suddenly, all the super pod start to move fast, in a stampede. We follow them for a few minutes after make the decision to let the group go. This is responsible whale watching! — 🇧🇷 Super pod de Golfinhos Dusky, is números variam entre 1000 e 1500 indivíduos nesse grande grupo. Eles ficaram nadando em volta do nosso barco, relaxados, por vários minutos, e eu pude fazer essas filmagens com uma Gopro presa a um pau-de-selfie. Podemos ver alguns Leões-Marinhos-do-Cabo brincado junto dos golfinhos. De repente, todo o grupo começa a se mover rapidamente, em um estouro. Nós os seguimos por alguns minutos mais, e depois decidimos deixá-los seguir viagem. Isto é uma atividade de observação responsável!

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