Introduction: Dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) normally occur in pairs, an unusual occurrence in pelagic fish. Apart from their dazzling tints and body shades, minute cycloid scales cover the lateral line. Coryphaena refers to their 'helment-shaped' head and hippurus means 'horsetail. The name Dolphinfish relates to their resemblance of the mammalian dolphin.
Distribution: Wide-ranging oceanic range found throughout Namibian waters.
Diet: Small fish such as juvenile triggerfish, squid, mantis shrimps and crab.
Colouration: The brilliant colours of dolphinfish are metallic blue-green, usually with orange or golden blotches and specks. The anal fin is golden and the remaining fins dusky. Trauma and behavioural patterns can cause colour changes; for instance silvery-blue is an indication of a feeding phase, yellow denotes stress or capture shock. On death, an overall bluish-grey colour with small, black spots on the back and sides emerges.
Breeding: Peak spawning season is in summer.
Max size: 180cm. Max weight: 26kg.
view the lagoon from the comfort of a catamaran
A dolphin cruise around the Walvis Bay Lagoon
Quad biking in the coastal dunes with a difference. These tours concentrate on the fauna, flora & people who inhabit the dune belt, excellent guiding and stunning scenery make this an experience not to be missed
An eventful day trip combining kayaking on the lagoon with a 4x4 trip through the Namib Desert dunes ending in Sandwich Harbour
A morning of cruising on the Walvis Bay lagoon is followed by the spectacular and thrilling drive to the natural harbour & splendid birdlife of Sandwich Harbour
Kayaking on the Walvis Bay Lagoon