06 December 2018

05 December 2018

Wintering



Yesterday we let our boat rest in a shelter. We shall resume our work at sea early next year. Sleep well Sea Pro!

(Photos by G. Bearzi)

04 December 2018

Dolphin workshop at the Caorle fish market



Last night we had one more workshop with fishers at the Caorle fish market, in Italy, to discuss dolphin and sea turtle conservation issues. Giovanni made a presentation on dolphin-fisheries conflict in the Adriatic. Thank you Sandro Mazzariol for inviting us.

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni)

29 November 2018

24 November 2018

18 November 2018

Gillnetter



A gillnetter off the coast of Veneto, Italy. This boat sets nylon ("Japanese") nets.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

17 November 2018

12 November 2018

Darker and colder



While it is still warmish for being in mid November, days are getting colder and darker.

(Photo by G. Bearzi, Northern Adriatic Sea)

10 November 2018

New boat



Silvia testing and setting up our newly-purchased boat, a Sea Pro 196 cc: more appropriate for Adriatic Sea open waters than our old inflatable.

(Photos by G. Bearzi)

08 November 2018

Sandwich tern



A Sandwich tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis) flying above us. These cute birds make a good company during long hours of navigation in search of dolphins.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

05 November 2018

Adult and juvenile



Bottlenose dolphin adult and juvenile leaping together.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

01 November 2018

30 October 2018

With Tina and Tilen in Piran



With Tina and Tilen from Morigenos, talking about Adriatic dolphins in Piran, Slovenia.

(Photos by Tilen Genov)

27 October 2018

Packed



A tight group of bottlenose dolphins encountered 12 nautical miles off Venice, Italy.

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

25 October 2018

Golden sea fishing



A small bottom trawler fishing on a golden sea, last night.

(Photos by G. Bearzi, Northern Adriatic Sea)

22 October 2018

20 October 2018

Still looking for dolphins



On the way back to our home port, still looking for dolphins.

(Photo by G. Bearzi, Northern Adriatic Sea)

19 October 2018

Evening trawling



Beam trawler at work in the late evening light.

(Photo by G. Bearzi, Northern Adriatic Sea)

18 October 2018

17 October 2018

14 October 2018

Dolphins and beam trawlers



Dolphins off the coasts of Veneto, Italy, forage behind bottom trawlers and midwater pair trawlers, but normally they do not follow beam trawlers. This bottlenose dolphin group crossed a beam trawler but just ignored it, diving past the boat and moving on without changing track.

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

12 October 2018

10 October 2018

Plastic planet



A large sheet of plastic found offshore.

(Photo by G. Bearzi, Northern Adriatic Sea)

09 October 2018

Flying dolphins



Part of a group of 70–80 bottlenose dolphins encountered off Veneto, Italy. This is the largest group we have observed so far in these waters.

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

08 October 2018

Dolphin and cod end buoy



Bottlenose dolphin surfacing besides the cod-end buoy of a bottom trawler while the net is being dragged. For dolphins off Veneto, Italy, following bottom and midwater trawlers is a 'popular' foraging behaviour.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

07 October 2018

Whales and dolphins in Malnisio, Italy



Today's seminar at the amazing museum of the Malnisio hydroelectric plant.

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni)

05 October 2018

Bottlenose dolphins and midwater pair trawlers



Bottlenose dolphins foraging behind midwater pair trawlers off the coast of Veneto, Italy.

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

01 October 2018

30 September 2018

Loggerhead sea turtle and barnacles



A juvenile loggerhead sea turtle Caretta caretta covered with barnacles.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

Big engine!



(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

29 September 2018

27 September 2018

Dolphin behind midwater pair trawlers



A bottlenose dolphin forages in the wake of midwater pair trawlers as nets are being hauled, 10 nautical miles off Caorle, Italy.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

26 September 2018

24 September 2018

Strong wind forecast



Today we better stay home...

Last surfacing before a dive



This kind of body arching suggests this is the last of a series of surfacings, and the beginning of a long dive.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)