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 Western Sahara in the north and Angola in the south. 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 info@sousateuszii.org 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.

14 January 2022

Research, capacity building and conservation for Atlantic humpback dolphins in Guinea

29 December 2021

Local community members play crucial role in the rescue and release of Atlantic humpback dolphins in Gabon

By: Judicael Régis Kema Kema and Berthin Lembi (National Parks Agency -ANPN) Anges Marie Ngobou Ngobou (Provincial Fisheries Authority- DGPA) and Dr. Akendengue Aken Igor (Aquatic Species NGO) On the morning of December 22nd, 2021, fishermen from the coastal community of Cap Lopez, Gabon, found more in their beach seine net than they had bargained […]

2 December 2021

STREET WHALE: Art meets science to celebrate Cameroon’s marine diversity

The Street Whale event held in Cameroon on November 11th-13th, 2021, combined art and science to raise awareness of whales and other marine wildlife.   The event was organized by CCAHD partner, the African Marine Mammal Conservation Organization (AMMCO) and its partners from in the city of Kribi on the southern coast of Cameroon. The event […]