The majestic and gentle dolphins are back to grace out coast line with their beauty. Mike Eloff, a well known Travel blogger and photographer was lucky enough to capture these images of a dolphin pod making its way through the Camps Bay coast line on Monday afternoon.
In a Facebook post on Monday, Eloff said:
“Spotted this massive pod of dolphins passing Camps Bay earlier today!! How many do you count?”
The images speak for themselves – with an aerial view of the dolphins, one can almost count how many there are. In the Cape Town waters you are most likely to see bottlenose and dusky dolphins although as many as 37 species of dolphins pass through our waters.
– They are a marine mammal and dolphin pods can consist of up to 1000 of dolphins and work together to hunt prey, avoid predators and care for the sick and injured members. They are also known for having the longest memory in the animal kingdom.
– These friendly creatures are known to make friends with other dolphins along with having their own unique language through which they use different tones of vocalisations to communicate with one another. Scientists are yet to understand this language but have found that these mammals actively seek to make new friend groups as humans do
– Contrary to popular belief we are not the only species that have a unique name connected to each individual, dolphins are believed to have their own name. Each dolphin has a unique whistle or vocalisation that represents their name.
– They may be more human-like than we know as they are able to recognize themselves in a mirror and admire staring back at their reflection.
– Their teeth are not actually used for chewing but instead they use their chompers to catch the prey such as fish or squid and swallow it whole. Each year a dolphin grows a new layer of teeth and one can tell how old they are from the layers of teeth they have, somewhat like a tree trunk.
– Unable to breathe underwater, the dolphin relies on its ability to hold its breath for extended periods of time as it makes way to breach the waters and breathe in oxygen. Dolphin calves learn how to hold their breaths when they are nursing.
Pictures: Mike Eloff/Facebook