Bottlenose dolphins thrive in the waters of both the Atlantic and Indian oceans along the African coastline. This species is the most abundant of all oceanic dolphins, and they only avoid the icy conditions of the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
The intelligence of bottlenose dolphins is well-documented and astonishing, which isn’t a surprise as they share characteristics with humans and some of the great apes. From using marine sponges to get to food to driving fish into the nets of fishermen, these animals are indeed a species to marvel at.
Even though they don’t have vocal cords, bottlenose dolphins are experts in using sound and body language to communicate. By utilising a handful of air sacs near their blowholes, they use at least 30 different sounds to send and receive messages. Tail slapping, butting heads, and leaping out of the water are used as body signals.
The bottlenose dolphin is widespread throughout the world and regarded as of ‘Least Concern’ on the conservation scale.
The cold waters of the Namib coast in Namibia are home to a wealth marine life. Visitors to this part of Africa stand the chance of spotting dolphins, whales, seals, and turtles.
Kenya has several impressive marine parks along its coast. The parks are home to diverse marine life and offer excellent diving experiences for beginners and experts.
Mozambique has long been a tourist destination. And for those looking to experience the water, the marine life is rich and diverse, and home to bottlenose dolphins.