Namibian dolphin news

This video from South Africa is called Paddleskiing with Heaviside’s dolphins.

From New Era in Namibia:

Dolphin Cruise Surprise for Walvis Bay Top Performers

10 July 2013

Walvis Bay — The 25 top performing learners in Life Science at various high schools in Walvis Bay were treated to a surprise dolphin cruise last week Friday. Walvis Bay-based Manica Group Namibia arranged the special educational and environmental cruise, in an effort to create awareness on the importance of protecting the diverse marine life along the Namibian coast, and to give the learners a glimpse of what marine biology entails.

Manica’s public relations officer Nolito Marques said the main idea was to grant learners the opportunity to experience firsthand what the researchers do and learn about local marine life. “We invited Dr Simon Elwen, a zoologist of the University of Pretoria who has been studying dolphins along the coast for some time now, to give the learners insight on the work of the Namibian Dolphin Project,” Marques explained.

The learners were also lucky to see the grey whale that has been frequenting the bay for the past few weeks. “We were indeed very lucky to see the grey whale. It is the first time ever that a grey whale has visited our waters. They are normally found in the far north Atlantic and Pacific Ocean along the Alaskan coast. The learners also had a chance to learn more about the Heaviside dolphins that swam in front of the boat (bow-riding). Some learners were actually very keen on finding out what the subject requirements were for studying marine biology,” said Dr Elwen.

With pelicans landing on the boat, seals jumping on board and seagulls catching fish from the boat crew’s fingers, the pupils were also given a historical overview of the lighthouse at Pelican Point and some interesting facts about the Walvis harbour. “One of the reasons we chose the Sun Sail catamaran charters was because they were accredited by the Planet Green Ocean Blue organisation as an eco-friendly cruise with a low carbon footprint – the boat has a very low noise level with underwater engines and is child-friendly. They have also been instrumental in the research work of the Namibian Dolphin Project, ” Marques noted.

The researchers also set up monitoring equipment and showed the learners some of their research findings and imagery.

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