18 June 2018

Beam trawler, early morning



No photoshopping: this was the actual light.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

17 June 2018

Young and beautiful



Juvenile bottlenose dolphin surfacing alongside an adult.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

15 June 2018

Cover of Elsevier's journal Zoology



The cover of the latest volume of Elsevier's scientific journal Zoology features Silvia's photo of a striped dolphin attending to a dead conspecific in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece.

This Zoology volume includes our article "Whale and dolphin behavioural responses to dead conspecifics", freely downloadable (for a few more weeks) at: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1XB203MhxMSrGv

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Bearzi G., Kerem D., Furey N.B., Pitman R.L., Rendell L., Reeves R.R. 2018. Whale and dolphin behavioural responses to dead conspecifics. Zoology 128:1-15. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0944200618300473

13 June 2018

Wavy sea, midwater pair trawlers



Midwater pair trawlers hauling their net 11 nautical miles offshore. When the sea is wavy, passing one rope holding the net to the twin boat requires advanced manoeuvring skills.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

11 June 2018

Happy dolphin?



While dolphins do not have facial expressions and can hardly 'smile', this individual has a particularly happy-looking face :-)

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

10 June 2018

Not a ctenophore



The large liquid natural gas offshore terminal ('Adriatic LNG'), photographed at sea before sunrise, almost looks like a bioluminiscent ctenophore.

(Photo by G. Bearzi, Northern Adriatic Sea)

08 June 2018

Whale and dolphin behavioural responses to dead conspecifics: now online



The final version of our article "Whale and dolphin behavioural responses to dead conspecifics" is now available online.

The Share Link below provides 50 days' free access to our article, including free pdf download.

https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1XB203MhxMSrGv

Silvia at work



(Photos by G. Bearzi, Northern Adriatic Sea)

Inquisitive seagull



(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

06 June 2018

Three fins, one trawler



Three bottlenose dolphins surface at unison near a trawler.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

05 June 2018

Old guy



This old individual, photographed as he/she was following a bottom trawler, has the tips of the rostrum and dorsal fin heavily worn. Wear (especially on the rostrum) may result in part from years spent foraging behind or even inside the nets. Marks left from the teeth of conspecifics are also visible.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

04 June 2018

Pink and orange



Bottlenose dolphins in pink and orange waters.

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

03 June 2018

This morning's sunrise



(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

Can you spot the dolphins?



Bottlenose dolphins feeding near a midwater trawler as the net is being hauled and lifted on board.

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

02 June 2018

Finless dolphin



The bottlenose dolphin on the right lost its dorsal fin. Not having a dorsal does not seem to be a serious problem and over the years we have seen several individuals (bottlenose and striped dolphins) living a normal life in this condition.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

01 June 2018

5 per mille



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31 May 2018

Trawler in a pink sea



This midwater pair trawler photographed at 5:30 AM looks almost unreal.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

29 May 2018

Dolphins before sunrise



We woke up at 3AM this morning, and went 12 nautical miles offshore to be with dolphins and trawlers before sunrise.

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

28 May 2018

First calves



Today we observed the first calves of the year: three newborns and one small calf, swimming with their respective mothers.

Note: the two photos on top portray the same mother-newborn pair.

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)