Just over a week ago we were out on the boat exploring some of the beautiful beaches around Abu Dhabi when just in front of the new Presidential Palace development we had an extremely lucky encounter with a pod of dolphins. We were lucky because there must have been around 20 to 30 of them, surfing the waves, socializing and communicating with each other.
Jumping out the water and inquisitively approaching the boat, it's not every day you get to experience something like this! And not just for 5 minutes either. We must have been there for almost an hour before we decided to give them some space and leave them to it.
As I said this isn't an everyday experience but it may interest you to know that there are three main dolphin species that can be commonly sighted in UAE waters. There is the Indo-Pacific Bottlenose dolphin, the finless porpoise and the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin. As you can see from the photo’s we seem to have stumbled upon a pod of Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins which can be recognized by their characteristic bump in front of the dorsal fin.
The bump in front of the dolphins dorsal fin shows these to be Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins
So whenever you're next out on the water we urge you to keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, it’s an amazing experience being able to watch them in their natural habitat. Please just be mindful that the ocean is their domain and excessive boat traffic and harassment can have detrimental effects on dolphin populations.
At Wild Arabia we are great supporters of the UAE Dolphin Project, a non-profit initiative dedicated to investigating the dolphin population along the UAE coastline. On their site you can find out more information about the various species of dolphin in the UAE, how you can support the cause and what to do when sighting dolphins. Find out more here: wp.uaedolphinproject.org