22 October 2011

Lone common dolphin travels

While common dolphins are often regarded as highly mobile animals, their movements and ranging patterns are poorly known. No long-distance movements have been documented through photo-identification of individually identifiable animals.

A recent paper by Tilen Genov and colleagues reports the long-distance movement of a naturally marked individual, encompassing 1000+ km across the Ionian and the Adriatic Seas. It also describes the subsequent behaviour and site fidelity of the same individual, in association with a calf, in and around the commercial port of Monfalcone, northern Adriatic Sea.

The article can be downloaded HERE.