24 June 2016

Heart-shaped flukes

The abnormal flukes of this individual, nicknamed 'Codo', are particularly small and rounded. Codo, a female, has been tracked in the Gulf of Corinth since 2009 and is one of the individuals most frequently observed in this area. One may wonder how Codo can swim with such reduced heart-shaped flukes, but she manages very well. Her tail stock has grown large and robust, and while Codo does not jump out of the water, she behaves like a normal bottlenose dolphin and is quite sociable.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Bay of Itea, Greece)

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