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Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

A Long beaked Common Dolphin (Delphinus capensis) with a damaged and malformed beak / mouth swimming underwater off the Wild Coast of South Africa in clear blue water. This condition could be hereditary or the effect of a birth defect or an attack.
Common Dolphins are the primary predators during the Sardine Run often forming 'superpods' of several thousand individuals. They also form and maintain the bait balls of sardines and other bait fish.
The Sardine Run occurs each year, starting as early as June and lasting through August, as millions of tons of sardines migrate up the east coast of South Africa.

· Date: Thu December 21, 2006 · Reference ID: /22006-06-30_16-47-33 · Views: 5607 ·
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Three people in wetsuits leap off of a dive boat
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