07 May 2013

Industrial dolphins - 1

Strange as it may seem, bottlenose dolphins are abundant in the Galveston Ship Channel, Texas, where suitable prey is promptly available in a landscape of heavy industries and oil rigs.

During the nine months we spent at the Galveston base of Texas A&M University, we could see dolphins on an almost daily basis from the windows of the Ocean and Coastal Studies Builing. Locals and students were accustomed to their presence and did not pay much attention. For us, however, it was exciting and unusual to see these animals feed on flounders near a sulphur deposit, or socialize close to a tanker.

(photo G. Bearzi)

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