It’s off Marsa Alam, two hours from the shore, that these photos were taken. A wonderful little bay houses these “nice friends” of the man affectionately known as the “dolphin house.” Equipped with masks and snorkels-the bubbles produced by scuba equipment would spooked dolphins-we move slowly, cautiously, trying to familiarize ourselves with these charming creatures.
We continue our advance to swim about ten minutes and then we hear the thousand and one sounds emitted by these adorable dolphins before they show by twenties, then quarantines, having fun together. What a pleasure! To our surprise, they come very close to us to inspect us and confident, indulge in their play. Genuine show! It is here, in this “dolphin house” that these sociable dolphins take refuge to regroup and…reproduce.
Coming from the Greek “Delphis” meaning “spirit of the sea”, dolphins have conquered the waters and oceans before becoming the faithful companions of the sailors. Particularly intelligent animal, with unparalleled flexibility, the mammal, which has always fascinated humans, has developed a unique physiology: he sees in total darkness, plunging up to 600feet deep in five minutes without suffering the damaging effects of pressure and decompression, breathing surface air with its lungs, but can stay until 10 to 20 minutes snorkeling in the end it swims 40miles an hour with a dazzling ease.
The bottlenose dolphins do not form permanent pair bonds, but choose a new partner every year. They usually mate in spring and summer. After10-12months of gestation, females give birth to a single pup. It is at this time that two females around the mother to protect it against attacks by sharks attracted by the smell of blood. The mother nurses her young for at least sixteen months and gives birth once every two or three years.
Very sociable, dolphin lives in troops of 4 to10000 individuals. These important gatherings are due to the presence of abundant food (bench of fish). The dolphin spends its day hunting fish, plays and communicates with other dolphins. These cetaceans have a true language: 400 different sounds were recorded. Thousand twangs, rattling, groaning, hissing and other sounds inaudible to the ear, are part of this amazing interchange from multiple sound sources.