Species depicted:Haviside's dolphin (Cephalorhynchus heavisidii)
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Here's a pair of Haviside's dolphin. Its name is sometimes written as Heaviside's, in congruency with its scientific name, though the intended name of Haviside is usually preferred. How did this name confusion happen? Well, captain Haviside transported a specimen to England for biologists to look at and to officially describe the species. However, when giving the species its scientific name, they erroneously named it after captain Heaviside, a man who also transported animal specimens like captain Haviside, but who was in fact his rival. Taxonomic rules dictated the name could not be changed once it was given, so all we can do now to make up for the mistake made is to at least call it by its righteous name in English - which would be Haviside's dolphin
They're a rather little known and under represented dolphin species, despite being extremely handsomely marked and very playful in nature. They're mainly seen in front of the coast of Namibia and are only regionally abundant. They'll readily approach boats, often frolic and jump and are thought to be less under pressure from human activities than the other cephalorhynchus dolphin species. Absolutely wonderful animals!
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