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Dusky Dolphin

marine life of Namibia

Introduction: The dusky dolphin are associated with the colder waters of the Benguela Current and are often seen in schools numbering several hundred. They are a favourite on dolphin cruises from Walvis Bay as they frequently ride the bow-wave of sea going vessels whilst indulging in spectacular aerial displays and high somersaults that any world champion gymnast would be proud of. Dusky dolphins communicate by a series of whistles, but it is not known if they have any sonar abilities when communicating to each other.

Distribution: They can be found in both deep and shallow temperate waters off the coast of Namibia.

Diet: Small fish such as sardines and anchovies and squid.

Colouring: They have a dark upper body that extends back over the tail with a grey 'flash' that sweeps forwards in the shape of 2 tails up to the dorsal fin. They have a white belly.

Breeding: The dusky dolphin has a gestation period of around 9 months.

Size: Length 2m and they weigh 110kg. A calf is 85cm long at birth.

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