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BO adult female

Bo was first identified and catalogued on the 03 March 1999. On contact we thought her fin resembled that of a bottle-opener. When first encountered Bo was a young and energetic female who was just reaching sexual maturity.Her curious and sociable behavior often resulted in long swims sometimes lasting as long as an hour. She was the first individual that exhibited the behaviour researchers in the area now term circle swimming. A conscious act that dolphin/s make to socially engage with humans. In her youth, Bo was a social butterfly with both humans and fellow dolphin alike and she has earned the mascot title! Bo’s two month disappearance between October and December 2004 left the researchers worried, however they were soon overjoyed at the introduction of her little girl Thai who was first sighted on the 11 December 2004. At the tender age of two, little Thai and Bo were recorded a number of times alone together. These private teaching sessions were spent in, amongst other things, learning how to forage and hunt. On the 31 December 2006 Bo was filmed teaching Thai the ropes on how to capture, de-scale and break up a red fanged trigger fish. During the entire 30 minute session, Thai was either snugly nestled under mom in the infant position or guarding their catch while Bo came up for air. Bo was again pregnant during 2008, however sadly lost her offspring and was seen slim and trim in that December. Almost a year later on the 18 December she emerged once again with a calf, this time healthy and spritely. Her latest little one is a female who is named Bella.

GILLY adult female

Gilly was registered as a resident in July 2003. She was identifiable by three rake marks on her right hand side flank. As time wore on she developed a slight notch at the base of her fin. During December 2006 it was with much excitement she was noted pregnant and in January 2007 she gave birth to a tiny little female who earned the name Gulliver.  Little Gulliver was soon to be shark bait and nearly lost her tail. Gilly although very protective of her newborn, was quite insistent in showing the damages to the camera. Due to the profound level of trust that was built up between Gilly and Angie, her newborn was brought in very close for human observation. December 2009 found us matching a completely new fin to our catalogue. All of a sudden there was this unique fin that had never been seen before. It was only after researches played back underwater footage of the interactive female and her offspring that they where able to confirm it was Gilly. She had gone through a major fin change which now makes her easily identifiable. Gilly calved again in December 2010 to little Gypsy who she sadly lost.

GULLIVER young female

Gulliver is the youngest identifiable dolphin to be recorded on the dolphin database in Ponta do Ouro. She made it into the system when she was still but a newborn calf during January 2007. Her early run in with a large shark left her tail stock severely mauled which serves a perfect identification feature. Initially it looked like she was going to loose her tail completely, however she soon healed. Her dorsal fin over the last couple of years has started to gain much character and this is now used in the identification catalogue.

Gulliver is one of our conscious interacters and often leaves her pod to come and socialize with humans, she loves the camera and is a free spirited and independent dolphin. At the age of three she was regularly sighted traversing with other individuals. She has mastered the art of tail-slapping to show her annoyance and has on occasion been noted to let us know there is simply too much pressure on her species caused from the increase of dolphin tourism to the area. 

Her early identification has allowed researchers to watch her grow and had created a wonderful opportunity to closely monitor an individual dolphin.

INGRID  young female

Ingrid is identifiable through a distinctive rounded notch ¾ the way down her fin on the trailing edge. She tells a wonderful story of interaction from the tender age of three when we first met her as a juvenile. She received her name from a special needs lady whose last wish it was to swim with the dolphins in 2005 – her name was Ingrid. Dolphin Ingrid sensed there was something ‘special’ about this lady and spent much time with her in the water. Mom, C.17bdt was confident enough with us to allow for close bouts of conscious interaction and circle swimming. Some 6 years later and Ingrid is still a social butterfly, offering countless moments of playful bouts with human onlookers. If in the area and in a social disposition, she will be the first one in. Ingrid is estimated to be around 8 years old now. Researches eagerly await her pregnancy for yet another generation of curios inshore bottlesnose dolphins. 

ROB  elder male

Rob is undeniably one of the most recognizable dolphins that are in the area and was named after the first dedicated dolphin skipper in Ponta. He is part of the select group that was first identified by founders in the mid 90’s and can be easily identified through a series of large white patches that are situated on his left hand side. We are unclear what caused the damages initially however when initially identified, Rob had a cookie cutter shark latched onto him. At one point there was an open circular lesion in-front of the parasite. Rob is an elder and can is often found in association with Tik and Dylan, other old males. He cruises the coastline, sometimes disappearing for weeks on end, but returns when it is calving season, ensuring the safety of his offspring. He is heavily speckled and researchers estimate him to be around 30 years old. 

Adoption Cost R450 per year and include:

Images of your dolphin

Adoption Certificate

Regular updates via the Dolphin Diary on FaceBook and YouTube

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Please email us to adopt a dolfriend of Ponta!


DolphinCareAfrica teams with the German Society for the Conservation of Dolphins to bring you Africa’s first wild dolphin adoption project.

By adopting one of our dolfriends you will be aiding us in:

  1. Maintaining and purchasing research equipment

  2. Printing of educational posters, brochures & signs

  3. Employment of qualified personal

  4. Education & conservation programs within Mozambique

  5. Dispelling the “Flipper Syndrome”

Our Special Dolfriends

All the dolphins of Ponta are special and in time other members of the dolphin society will be up for adoption! In the meantime you can come journey with Beautiful Bo, mother to Thai and recently little Bella and wise old elder Rob who, during calving season is a regular escort to the ladies and their newborns . Gregarious Gilly, mother of Infamous Gulliver and sociable butterfly Ingrid are part of the adoption program.