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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.

1 Species ID Suggestions

LealikiKanoa 12 years ago
Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin
Tursiops aduncus

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42 Comments (1–25)

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 10 years ago

Awesome !!!

DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thanks Karen!

KarenL 10 years ago

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

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thanks J, Carol and Elsa!

Carol Milne
Carol Milne 11 years ago

Excellent series! Wish I were there too.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 11 years ago

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

Elsa 11 years ago

These photos are gorgeous Daniele :)

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thanks maggie3! You're very sweet.

DanielePralong 11 years ago

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

VivBraznell 11 years ago

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

DanielePralong 12 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 12 years ago


chebeague7 12 years ago

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

chebeague8 12 years ago

Great timing! Beautiful dolphins!

BrennaHyatt 12 years ago

That's a bottle nose dolphin I think

DanielePralong 12 years ago

Merci beaucoup Luc pour ce commentaire fantastique!

LucBertrand 12 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 12 years ago

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

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 12 years ago

thank you Daniel.

DanielePralong 12 years ago

Thank you Gordon!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 12 years ago

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

DanielePralong 12 years ago

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

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 12 years ago

Great series!

LaurieWinters 12 years ago

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

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 12 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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