Juvenile Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin predated on by a shark

On Wednesday 9th November 2016 the museum received a number of calls from the public that a dolphin had washed ashore at Nahoon Mouth (East London SA). The specimen was retrieved by the Aquarium and frozen for further analysis.


Museum scientist Kevin Cole later identified the cetacean as a juvenile male Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops aduncus). These dolphins are regularly sighted along the coast.

Bite marks were noted on the body of the dolphin – belly area (below and behind the left flipper), below the dorsal fin and below and back from the right flipper. The predatory species has not been ascertained yet. It is also not confirmed whether the animal was predated on after death (due to other causes) by a shark species.



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