10 December 2019

Assessing dolphin extinction risk in presence of hybridization



Yesterday Nina presented her work on "Assessing dolphin extinction risk in presence of hybridization" at the World Marine Mammal Conference in Barcelona, Spain. This investigation is based on our research on striped, common and admixed dolphins in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece. Brava Nina!

05 December 2019

Boat hibernation



Our boat left her natural element and is now hibernating, waiting for the next season of field research.

(Photos by G. Bearzi)

03 December 2019

Marco, marine biologist



Today our intern Marco Bregoli graduated in Marine Biology at the University of Padua, Italy, with a thesis on the social organisation of bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece. His defense was excellent and he received a 110 Cum Laude (the maximum score). We are very proud of him!

Dolphin leap



(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

30 November 2019

Our job



And while the planet collapses under the weight of humans, we keep doing our job of hopeful dolphin conservation biologists.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

29 November 2019

Global Climate Strike in Venice



Today we joined the global climate strike in Venice, Italy. While we would want these belated and desperate actions to be joined by billions of "thoughtful, committed citizens", this one was pretty crowded and vocal.

(Photos by G. Bearzi)

Global Climate Strike


27 November 2019

Marine and global conservation lecture 2



As it happens, topics are gradually shifting away from dolphin biology to encompass the global challenges of our time, and discuss what we can do about it.

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni, Pordenone, Italy)

Marine and global conservation lecture 1

One more long lecture on marine and global conservation, attended by approximately 150 students.

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni, Pordenone, Italy)

26 November 2019

Beam trawler



A beam trawler photographed at dawn.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

25 November 2019

Dolphin off Jesolo



A juvenile bottlenose dolphin photographed off Marina di Jesolo, Italy, last October.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

23 November 2019

18 November 2019

Marine and global conservation lecture in Pordenone, Italy



Today's long lecture on marine and global conservation, attended by approximately 150 students.

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni, Pordenone, Italy)

17 November 2019

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)

Seagull kills small bird



While doing our survey in offshore waters, we spotted five seagulls harassing a small migratory bird. The small one did his best to fly away and avoid being killed, but he was hopeless. One of the seagulls eventually caught the small bird, while the other gulls tried to steal it from its beak. Then the seagull ingested the entire bird while flying.

One of the reasons why seagulls are still plentiful, while many other bird species decline, is that they have an incredibly flexible behaviour and diet. They can be hunters (as observed here), gatherers, scavengers, thieves, beggars and more.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

13 October 2019

Adriatic LNG dolphin



Today we spotted several groups of bottlenose dolphins near the Adriatic LNG gas offshore terminal (right outside of the no-entry zone).

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

Helium balloon 2

While searching for dolphins we look for other marine wildlife, but on some days we just encounter... helium balloons floating adrift :-/

(Photo by G. Bearzi, Northern Adriatic Sea)

Helium balloon



One more helium balloon lost at sea. Short-term fun, long-term damage.

(Photo by G. Bearzi, Northern Adriatic Sea)

11 October 2019

08 October 2019