The Namibian Dolphin Project | Projects

Projects

To find out more about some of the projects we’re currently working on, take a look at the links below. These include our work on coastal dolphins, as well as humpback whales, right whales and leatherback turtles.

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Population ecology of bottlenose and Heaviside’s dolphins

Population ecology of bottlenose and Heaviside’s dolphins
abundance, population structure and habitat use

Our core research revolves around investigating the conservation status of Namibia’s coastal delphinids. We are using multiple techniques to assess abundance, trends, habitat use, behaviour, acoustic communication and human impacts.

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Acoustic behavior of bottlenose and Heaviside’s dolphins

Acoustic behavior of bottlenose and Heaviside’s dolphins
communication, distribution, abundance

Investigating the sounds that dolphins make, how they use them to communicate and how we can use them to monitor the dolphins.

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Namibian Islands Marine Protected Area

Namibian Islands Marine Protected Area
Marine Protected Area, Offshore distribution, Passive acoustics, Visual surveys

During 2012 and 2013 we will be surveying the Namibian Islands Marine Protected Area around Luderitz using visual and acoustic methods from a small ship.

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Humpback whale research

Humpback whale research
Migratory whales using the whole west African coastline

Despite being one of the most well studied whales in the world, we still don’t fully understand the population structure of humpback whales migrating past the west coast of Africa

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Turtles

Turtles
Leatherback and Green Turtles in Namibia

Leatherback turtles cross entire oceans in search of food. The large amount of gelatinous plankton (jellyfish) in the Benguela ecosystem makes for a potentially rewarding journey for turtles in the South Atlantic. Leatherbacks from at least 3 breeding populations have been found in or tracked to Namibian waters, but just how important is this area for the species?

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