SOUTH Africa's humpback dolphin population may be listed as vulnerable to extinction, should a scientific paper that reclassifies it as a species on its own be accepted.
The various populations of the species found all along the eastern African coast, the Indian and Chinese coastlines and Australia, have been found to be different enough to be broken up into three species.
Shanan Atkins, a marine biologist, said a species was vulnerable when it was likely to become endangered unless the circumstances threatening its survival improved.
"The pool just got a lot smaller." – Schalk Mouton