06 July 2013

Yaya is still around

According to Frantzis and Herzing (2002), two Risso's dolphins Grampus griseus used to live in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece.

Since our work in the Gulf started in 2009, however, we have only seen one Risso's – a female we nicknamed Yaya. She is normally encountered once or twice a year, always within large groups of striped dolphins (and a few short-beaked common dolphins).

Yaya was observed again this week.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, July 2013)

Frantzis A., Herzing D.L. 2002. Mixed-species associations of striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba), short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus delphis), and Risso’s dolphins (Grampus griseus) in the Gulf of Corinth (Greece, Mediterranean Sea). Aquatic Mammals 28:188-197.

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