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.

5 March 2021

Valuable Atlantic humpback dolphin sightings reported from Nigeria

By Prof. Edem Eniang, Biodiversity Preservation Center (BPC), Nigeria (www.briodiversitypreservationcenter.org) On February 21st, 2021, Andrew Lynch and his wife were enjoying time on the beach roughly 25 km west of the Lagos Harbour, when they noticed dolphins just beyond the surf.  They took photos, and upon returning home, looked for ways to share their sighting […]

New report highlights priorities for Atlantic humpback dolphin conservation

The CCAHD is pleased to announce the publication of a collaborative report in English and French, highlighting the priority actions required for the conservation of the Critically Endangered Atlantic humpback dolphin (Sousa teuszii). The report is the result of extensive expert discussion on the current short- and medium-term priority data gaps and actions required to optimize […]

22 December 2020

Loro Parque Foundation confirm funding for Senegal surveys

At the end of October 2020, the Loro Parque Foundation (LPF) confirmed the success of a funding proposal prepared by the African Aquatic Conservation Fund (AACF) and the CCAHD to carry out a survey of Atlantic humpback dolphins in Senegal. The survey aims to establish a baseline of data and tools required to better understand […]