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The humpback of... Kuwait-dam?

Although at a glance they can be very similar to the infamous bottlenose, these animals can be very tricky to spot and differentiate from their kin. The observer has to look for one clear sign on their backs: the hump under their dorsal fin (they are called humpback dolphins for a reason).

Because of the region they inhabit, the species here are called the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins. Another species called the Atlantic Humpback Dolphin strictly inhabits a small area on the shores of South America facing the atlantic ocean.

published paper suggests that these animals inhabit the area around Boubyan Island and the shores of Khiran here in Kuwait. That evidence is supported nowadays by similar observations by the coast guard and fishermen in these areas.

  • Habitat: Rivers and shores

  • Diet: shrimp, squid, and smaller fish

  • Weight: 7 kg (at birth), 30-45 kg (adult)

  • Group size: 1-2 members usually, numbers can reach 50 in good feeding sites.

  • Threats: Hunting, getting caught in nets, land reclamation projects.