"Atlantic hump-backed dolphin" El Mamghar Things to Do Tip by johnsakura

El Mamghar Things to Do: 4 reviews and 4 photos

  nouamghar mauritania
by johnsakura

Sousa taxonomy is based largely on small sample sizes for most populations. The several different nominal species are distinguished on several primary characters. Characters include tooth counts; number of vertebrae; form of the dorsal fin base and especially colour patterns (G. Ross, pers. comm.). G. Ross suggests that all Sousa from S. Africa to China and Australia are one species, and probably S. teuszii is also conspecific. However, "we will have a better idea when we can include more definitive genetic work" (G. Ross, pers. comm.). For the purpose of this review, I followed Rice (1998) who separates the Genus Sousa into three species.

According to Carwardine (1995) this species seems to be particularly common in southern Senegal and northwestern Mauritania.
There are signs of a probable north-south migration for this species and there is a potential exchange of individuals between known population or subpopulation distribution centres (from north to south): Dakhla Bay, Banc d'Arguin, Langue de Barbarie, Sine Saloum delta, NW bank of the Gambia River outer estuary and Guinea-Bissau archipelago (van Waerebeek et el. 2000).

Directions: I took this picture while I was waiting to pass on the beach piste to Nouakchott.
On the picture is that black thing you can hardly see. I just couldnt take the picture of them jumping on the water. very nice to see.

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  • Written Jan 17, 2004
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