Off the coast of Mozambique, in the Ponta Do Ouro Marine Reserve, bottlenose dolphins swim in the clear shallow water. The bottlenose, in partifular, is known for its curiosity and interest in humans. The waters of the Ponta do Ouro Marine Reserve are known to be populated with some 250 of these dolphins, who frolic and forage in the shallow surf.
Ponta Do Ouro is one of many protected areas tucked into a large Southern African fishing zone, created in an effort to find balance between protecting communities and the fish. On 14 July 2009, the government declared a 678 km² marine protected area, stretching from Ponta do Ouro in the south to the Maputo River Mouth in Maputo Bay in the north. The Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve stretches three nautical miles into the Indian Ocean and includes the waters around Inhaca Island and Portuguese Island. The marine reserve has a rich diversity of marine life and is the most important leatherback and loggerhead turtle nesting ground along the Mozambican coast.
“Getting photographs of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins in the surf zone was a bit tricky. To make this image I had to free dive in and out of the breaking waves. Exact timing meant the difference between getting the shot or getting pounded by the surf.” –Thomas Peschak
Photograph Date: 2012
Medium: Chromogenic Print