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Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin

Tursiops aduncus


These dolphins were sighted in the Strait of Hormuz, just of the Musandam Peninsula which is part of the Sultanate of Oman. I believe there are two different species swimming together here. Help me ID them so that I can create two separate spottings.


Spotted in a fjord-like inlet near Khasab.


Better known as a strategic hotpoint, the Strait of Hormuz is actually a cetacean hotspot and home to many species of whales, orcas and dolphins.

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Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin
Tursiops aduncus

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42 Comments (1–25)

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 8 years ago

Awesome !!!

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks Karen!

KarenL 8 years ago

Congrats Daniele, your spotting is featured in the Project Noah blog -

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks J, Carol and Elsa!

Carol Milne
Carol Milne 8 years ago

Excellent series! Wish I were there too.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

What photogenic creatures. I love dolphins, and this is a great example of why.

Elsa 8 years ago

These photos are gorgeous Daniele :)

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks maggie3! You're very sweet.

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thanks again Viv! The explanations were pretty basic as they were meant for the young person who asked:-)

VivBraznell 9 years ago

Beautiful spotting Daniele! Very informative and useful details of achieving such a great series

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thank you jakewade97, chebeague7, chebeague8 and BrennaHyatt!
@chebeague7, for this shot I used a Nikon D40 camera. It is a pretty basic camera, but it works with interchangeable lenses so the lens made the difference here. The lens was a telelens (it allows to photograph objects in the distance), with an image stabilization system (this compensate for small movements in the camera with can get the image blurred). I used a fast shutter speed (this means that the camera's shutter opens and closes very fast so that the moving dolphin is sharp and appears frozen in one spot), and I was lying along the boat with the camera resting on a bean bag to further minimize shakes. Now the trick there is to carefully observe the dolphins: follow them swimming underwater and after a while you'll be able to guess when they are about to jump out:-). This is great experience, and I hope you can do this one day!
BTW I need to update this spotting: the first 3 are Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins and I need to separate the last to.

jakewade97 9 years ago


chebeague7 9 years ago

How did you get your Dolphin so perfect? What type of camera?

chebeague8 9 years ago

Great timing! Beautiful dolphins!

BrennaHyatt 9 years ago

That's a bottle nose dolphin I think

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Merci beaucoup Luc pour ce commentaire fantastique!

LucBertrand 9 years ago

Oui cette serie est magic ! Waw j 'espere que tu fera d enormes impression-photos avec celles-ci :)) Bravo tres beau travail je n avais encore jamais vu d'aussi belle photos de dauphins , du bonbon pour les yeux ;)

ChristyHolland 9 years ago

Beautiful!! Now that you've broken the pair of dolphins up, you get to use more pictures!! I'm jealous!!!

Hema 9 years ago

thank you Daniel.

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thank you Gordon!

Hema 9 years ago

Laurie ,you should see her picture of the Bengal Tiger. That was her first spotting too.

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Laurie, thank you very much!
Emma, I am emailing you the address to this document.

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 9 years ago

Great series!

LaurieWinters 9 years ago

I envy you for being able to get these great shots of these dolphins.

Hema 9 years ago

Daniel,where is that document ?

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الخصبدبا الحصن, Oman

Spotted on Feb 11, 2011
Submitted on Feb 20, 2012

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