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Rare and endangered Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin. Photo: Casey Pratt, Love Africa

A stunning scene – featuring a rare (and sadly endangered) humpback dolphin – has been captured by Love Africa photographer Casey Pratt, off the KwaZulu-Natal coast in South Africa. Watch below.

Casey says: “A large pod of dolphins were swimming by (on Friday) and with the clean water and early morning light I knew it would be worth a quick flight with the drone.”

However she got more than she was expecting.

“I never realised until looking at the footage later that I was capturing a rare humpback dolphin swimming with the more common bottlenose dolphins. Apparently it is not completely abnormal for dolphins to be in mixed species groups.”


WATCH Rare Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin

Capturing the coast of KwaZulu- Natal with Casey Pratt

Another snapshot from Love Africa photographer Casey Pratt of the beautiful scene she captured yesterday.”A large pod of dolphins were swimming by and with the clean water and early morning light I knew it would be worth a quick flight with the drone.I never realised until looking at the footage later that I was capturing a rare humpback dolphin swimming with the more common bottlenose dolphins. Apparently it is not completely abnormal for dolphins to be in mixed species groups.” Casey Pratt. Good Things Guy Wildoceanssa Shark Attack Wavescape Getaway Magazine SA-People – for South Africans in South Africa and expats

Posted by Love Africa Marketing on Friday, July 24, 2020

The Indian Ocean humpback dolphin is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. They prefer the inshore waters which makes them more susceptible to threats such as shark nets, pollution and disturbance from boats, according to Love Africa.

There is still so much to be learnt about these shy and elusive dolphins so that measures can be put in place to protect them. Fortunately there are campaigns like Ocean Impact which drive for more protection of South Africa’s oceans… and give all of us hope.  “Not enough people know about our 5% ocean protection and that by spreading awareness, they can help,” says Love Africa.

Help spread the message by visiting Ocean Impact.