Atlantic humpback dolphins

Find out more about the ecology, distribution, abundance and conservation status of this Critically Endangered species, and the threats that are causing its decline.

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Atlantic humpback dolphins are only found in the nearshore waters of the tropical and subtropical Atlantic coast of Africa.  Sightings, strandings and bycatch records confirm the species’ current or recent presence in 13 countries between Angola in the south and Dakhla Bay, south of Morocco in the north. A lack of records from the remaining six countries within that range could be the result of the very limited research that has taken place in the region to date, or reflect a genuine absence of humpback dolphins.

Click on the outlines of the highlighted countries in the interactive map to reveal the country name and to access country-specific information on: the current distribution and conservation status of Atlantic humpback dolphins, a list of peer-reviewed articles and reports, and information about local researchers and conservation organisations.

If you are in one of these countries and have information on a dolphin sighting or stranding, use this map to find the relevant contact details for the person collecting data in your country, or email us at for help connecting to the relevant research and conservation organisations.

Are you based in one of these countries, and would you like to help collect data or engage in awareness-raising activities?  Visit the Get Involved page, and/or use the map to find out who you can contact in your country to learn more and contribute to ongoing work.

Click on the outlines of the highlighted countries in the interactive map to reveal the country name and then click on that country name to access country-specific information.

Latest News

Read about the latest news and project work being carried out on Atlantic humpback dolphins, from CCAHD members and partner organizations.

23 January 2024

Single Species Action Plan for the Atlantic Humpback Dolphin up for adoption by the Convention on Migratory Species

  The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) will hold its 14th Conference of Parties (COP)  in Uzbekistan from 12-17 February, 2024. Document UNEP/CMS/COP14/Doc.27.5.2/Rev.2 presents a new Single Species Action Plan (SSAP) for the Critically Endangered Atlantic humpback dolphin, along with a draft Resolution and draft Decisions for adoption.  Adoption of the SSAP can help halt […]

17 October 2023

Capacity building for range country scientists and conservation organisations

14 September 2023

The CMS Draft Single Species Action Plan for Sousa teuszii receives range country input and endorsement

On September 4th-7th, 2023 several CCAHD partners participated in the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Marine Megafauna Week for the Atlantic Coast of Africa, hosted in collaboration with the Regional Partnership for the Conservation of the Coastal and Marine Zone (PRCM) and the Government of Senegal.  The meeting was organised with the primary intention of […]