24 September 2019

Lateral leap



(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

Colourful morning



Looking for dolphins before the sun rises.

(Photo by G. Bearzi, Northern Adriatic Sea)

23 September 2019

Infrequent social interactions



Lively social interactions (often including synchronous jumps) are rather uncommon off the region of Veneto, Italy, where bottlenose dolphins are mostly busy looking for food. Here, however, we recorded one of those infrequent occasions.

(Photo by G. Bearzi, Northern Adriatic Sea)

22 September 2019

Heading back



Heading back to the port after a day at sea.

(Photo by G. Bearzi, Northern Adriatic Sea)

Just another day



Just another day in the field.

(Photos by G. Bearzi and S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)


21 September 2019

A trawler is here



An oldish individual performs repeated breaches while rushing to approach an otter trawler, as if to signal its presence to other dolphins in the area.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

When at sea



(Photo by G. Bearzi, Northern Adriatic Sea)

19 September 2019

Levitation



During social interactions, a bottlenose dolphin is being lifted by another individual who lies just below.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

Fishing trip



Sport anglers on a fishing expedition in Adriatic offshore waters, near the remains of a dismissed platform (that arguably protect scant sealife from trawling).

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

17 September 2019

Good day at sea



When you spend weeks waiting for a good day at sea... and finally you get one.

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

Incognito



(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

Seagull on sea turtle



We found this seagull standing on a dead sea turtle floating adrift. The bird abandoned its raft when we approached for a close inspection.

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

16 September 2019

Supervision



This tiny bottlenose dolphin, probably born in August 2019, is being closely 'supervised' by two adults.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

15 September 2019

Air show



An aerobatics air show: the kind of thing we would rather not watch while doing a dolphin survey.

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni and G. Bearzi, Lido di Jesolo, Italy)

Chasing fish after sunset



Bottlenose dolphin chasing fish after sunset, in the shallow coastal waters off Albarella Island, Italy.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

Grimaldi Lines



(Photos by G. Bearzi and S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

11 September 2019

Happy Birthday Sigi



Sigrid Lüber with Silvia in Galaxidi, Greece (April 2009).

No to wolves?



These anti-wolf signs populate Val Sarentino, north of Bolzano/Bozen, Italy. They portray wolves as evil monsters and claim that farming has no future as long as they are around. The signs also claim that saying "no to wolves" benefits biodiversity - as if wolves themselves were not part of biodiversity, or did not belong in this ecosystem.

(Photos by B. Würsig)

Unusual location



Silvia with Bernd and Melany Würsig in the Dolomites: an unusual location for marine biologists.

(Photo by G. Bearzi)

10 September 2019

Trawler catch



An otter trawler swallows its catch of fish and other bottom-dwelling organisms. A large part of them will be discarded as bycatch.

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

Fish ball



Midwater pair trawlers lift a ball of epipelagic fish.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

08 September 2019

Dolphin people



A reunion: Bernd Würsig, Melany Würsig, Nina Luisa Santostasi, Valentina Rossi, Silvia Bonizzoni and Giovanni Bearzi in Cordenons, Italy.

(Photos by V. Rossi and G. Bearzi)

01 September 2019

Morning breach



A bottlenose dolphin breaches in the morning light.

(Top photo by G. Bearzi, bottom by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

31 August 2019

Seagull and anchovy



A seagull catches an anchovy near midwater pair trawlers, as the net is being hauled.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

30 August 2019