25 August 2013

"Hump-backed" striped dolphin

This striped dolphin with a hump – nicknamed Gibbo – has been regularly observed in the Gulf of Corinth since 2009. Yesterday Gibbo was actively socializing with other group members, performing repeated jumps around our boat.

Over the years, we have encountered bottlenose and striped dolphins with a range of physical deformities or other anomalies, who seem to be doing fine and behave pretty much the same way as their "normal" cospecifics. Anomalous appearance does not cut these animals off their society.

Also see THIS POST.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni)

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