A monitoring program in 2014 identified two species that pass through Abu Dhabi waters: the Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin and, in lesser numbers, the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin. Individual groups range from one to as many as 25.
As with local marine species, the greatest threat to dolphins comes from human activities, particularly boat strikes. EAD continues to raise awareness among the relevant stakeholders such as fishing communities and recreational boat users of the need for vigilance and care.
Main sources of threat: Entrapment in abandoned fishing nets, vessel strikes.
Current IUCN status: Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin – near threatened, Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin – insufficient data
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