The dolphin and marine conservation organization "DolphinCare-Africa (DCA)" is our partner in Mozambique.
Near the border with South Africa in Ponta do Ouro, DCA has been working for the protection of local dolphin populations (including hump-backed dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and spinner dolphins) and humpback whales, which pass through the area regularly on their migrations, as well as for the protection of sea turtles and whale sharks.
DCA conducts public awareness and information campaigns as well as beach cleanups (in 2010 voluntaries collected a total of 1624.5 kg of garbage!). A rescue network for stranded marine mammals has also been established.
DCA researchers have been photographing the dolphins since 1996 resulting in a catalogue of some 250 individuals in their research range, an approximate 20 km area.
Threatened Marine Life
Uncontrolled fishing and habitat destruction are among the main threats the dolphins living in the coastal waters of Mozambique are facing, as they do almost everywhere along African coasts. One of the few initiatives in Africa dedicated to protecting the marine environment is DolphinCare-Africa (DCA).
In Ponta do Ouro, increasing tourism is a complicating factor. The region and its resident dolphin groups are very popular with tourists from South Africa. Tour operators often operate without any consideration for the dolphins in order to allow their guests the closest possible contact to the dolphins.
The DCA has involved itself in developing a whale watching code of conduct so that tourism does not chase the animals from their habitats.
Dolphin adoption scheme
To ensure the longterm survival of the threatened marine mammals we started to support DCA with a a dolphin adoption scheme in 2010 to help fund DCA’s conservation efforts.
Bo, Gilly, Gulliver, and Ingrid are bottlenose dolphins, while Herme is a humpbacked dolphin. Some of the dolphins have been regularly observed since 1999 by DCA researchers, allowing them to follow the cetaceans’ lives over years.
Bo, for example, was first identified and catalogued on March 3, 1999. When first encountered Bo was a young and energetic female who was just reaching sexual maturity. Meanwhile she is the mother of Thai, a female born in 2004, and of Bella, born in 2009.