In January 2021, researchers in Israel saw an unusual sea creature in the Gulf of Eilat.
It was a rare Sousa plumbea, also known as an Indian Ocean humpback dolphin, according to the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. Since his original visit, the creature has stopped in the gulf a few times.
Now officials have seen the dolphin in the gulf again, according to a Facebook message from September 12 from the nature and park authority.
A video shared by officials shows the dolphin diving through shallow water.
The humpback dolphins of the Indian Ocean are characterized by the hump on their backs and prominent fins, according to the Marine Mammal Research & Conservation Network of India. They can also be identified by their 29 to 38 pairs of “peg-like” teeth on their upper and lower jaws.
When researchers spotted the dolphin in the Gulf in 2021, it was the northernmost recorded encounter with the species in the Red Sea, and it was the first time the species had been seen in the Gulf of Eilat, marine experts said .
The Gulf of Eilat is south of Israel, connected to the Red Sea.
Facebook Translate was used to translate a message from the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.
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