04 November 2019

Dolphin lecture for children in Pordenone 2




At the end of her lecture, Silvia received a gift and this beautiful dolphin :-)

(Photo by G. Bearzi)

Dolphin lecture for children in Pordenone 1



Today's lecture for primary school children at Collegio Don Bosco, Pordenone.

(Photos by G. Bearzi)

31 October 2019

Trawler, then social



Bottlenose dolphins socializing after having followed a trawler.

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

30 October 2019

29 October 2019

27 October 2019

Seagulls in the wake



Seagulls feeding on fish discarded by a trawler.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

26 October 2019

Dolphins and otter trawler buoy



Bottlenose dolphins following otter trawlerS often surface in the proximity of the towed buoy.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

Otter trawler buoy



The buoy being towed at the end an otter trawler's net.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

25 October 2019

Dead sea turtle



Silvia inspects a dead loggerhead sea turtle found floating adrift. Of a total of 109 sea turtles encountered during 11,000 km of navigation in 2018 and 2019, seven were dead.

(Photos by G. Bearzi, Northern Adriatic Sea)

Right before dawn


(Photo by G. Bearzi, Northern Adriatic Sea)

23 October 2019

21 October 2019

A sea of seagulls



Thousands of seagulls wait in the proximity of midwater pair trawlers, after having fed on fish crushed, discarded and lost from the nets.

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

20 October 2019

Eyes shut



An adult bottlenose dolphin performs a forward breach while keeping her eye shut.

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

17 October 2019

Mullet catch



A bottlenose dolphin catches a mullet after a bellly-up chase.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

In the fog again



A thick fog keeps us idle until midday before we can manage to start our dolphin survey.

(Photo by G. Bearzi, Northern Adriatic Sea)

Dead loggerhead



A large loggerhead sea turtle found dead off Lignano, Italy.

(Photo by G. Bearzi, Northern Adriatic Sea)

16 October 2019

Dolphins off Lido di Jesolo (2)



One more image of a young bottlenose dolphin off Lido di Jesolo, Italy.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

Dolphins off Lido di Jesolo (1)



Bottlenose dolphin adult and juvenile, part of a large group on the move off the coast of Lido di Jesolo, Italy.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

14 October 2019

Stuck in the fog



Today we spent two hours stuck in a thick morning fog. Low visibility prevented navigation (we do not have a radar). So we set up our radar reflector and waited, ready to honk and do our best to prevent a collision. Fog at sea can be scary, especially when one hears the noise of an approaching boat but cannot tell its distance and direction—until the boat becomes visible and is very very close.

(Photos by G. Bearzi, Northern Adriatic Sea)