WATCH Stunning School of Bottlenose Dolphins off Eastern Cape Coast, South Africa

Sightings of marine life in Algoa Bay in the Eastern Cape of South Africa have been absolutely stunning during the build up to the sardine run, according to Raggy Charters… and their latest video proves it again!

Earlier this month the company – which offers marine-eco cruises to tourists and assists in African penguin research –  captured footage of a school of 3,000 dolphins off the Eastern Cape coastline!

Today they’ve posted another video showing a smaller, but still impressive, school of 600 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins. (Small groups of dolphins are called pods, and when these pods swim together – they become a ‘school’.)

Raggy Charters said: “Remember that for every one dolphin seen on the surface, there are at least two below. In order to get a correct estimate of the school, one needs to multiply the numbers seen on the surface by three.


“We know this school well as one of the individuals has a deformed blowhole and we have named him the “heavy breather”!

“There is also a Long-beaked common dolphin which has integrated itself into the school. Quite odd, as these dolphin species have totally different swimming actions and prey selection. Commons swim much faster, are further offshore and eat mainly bait fish compared to the reef fish of the bottlenose.

“We are well and truly living up to our reputation as the “Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of the World.”

#GoDolphins!

WATCH massive school of bottlenose dolphins, Algoa Bay, South Africa

Massive school of Bottlenose Dolphins, Algoa Bay

Sightings of marine life in Algoa Bay have been absolutely stunning during the build up to the sardine run. In the attached video a school of around 600 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins approached our catamaran Orca 2 of Raggy Charters. Remember that for every one dolphin seen on the surface, there are at least two below. In order to get a correct estimate of the school, one needs to multiply the numbers seen on the surface by three. We know this school well as one of the individuals has a deformed blowhole and we have named him the "heavy breather"! There is also a Long-beaked common dolphin which has integrated itself into the school. Quite odd, as these dolphin species have totally different swimming actions and prey selection. Commons swim much faster, are further offshore and eat mainly bait fish compared to the reef fish of the bottlenose. We are well and truly living up to our reputation as the "Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of the World".

Posted by Raggy Charters – Marine-Eco Cruises on Wednesday, March 21, 2018