29 November 2013

Dolphin conservation in Varese, Italy

Giovanni talking about dolphin conservation yesterday night at Castello di Masnago, Varese: an event kindly organized by Italia Nostra. Many thanks to Valeria Villa for being the promoter of this initiative.

(Both photos by S. Bonizzoni)

Fishing buoys

Fishing buoys used by longline fishermen interviewed in Xilokastro, Greece.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni)

27 November 2013

Artisanal fisherman in Greece - 23

This fisherwoman in Glifada looked happy, and passionate about her profession.

(Photo by G. Bearzi)

25 November 2013

The Dolphin Show by Huang-Ju Chen

This image by Huang-Ju Chen reminds us of some of the truth behind dolphin cages.

One of Chen's photos in this series, titled "The Dolphin Show" is among the 100 stunning photos currently exposed at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition in Milan, Italy.

22 November 2013

Artisanal fisherman in Greece - 22

A fisherman from Agii Pantes on his boat.

(Both photos by G. Bearzi, Gulf of Corinth, Greece)

20 November 2013

19 November 2013

18 November 2013

15 November 2013

Juvenile grey triggerfish in the Gulf of Corinth

This very short, simple video features a school of baby grey triggerfish hiding under plastic rubbish.


Young grey triggerfish (Balistes capriscus) tend to aggregate under floating debris. These animals were once considered relatively rare in the Mediterranean Sea, but we see them with increasing frequeny in recent years. The grey triggerfish is a member of the Balistes family. It normally reaches about 2 kg in weight.

14 November 2013

Striped dolphins filmed underwater

These striped dolphins were filmed in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece, during the field season 2013.


All footage was obtained from the boat (no swimming with animals) with a GoPro Hero2 camera kindly donated by Jens Kramer.

(Video by G. Bearzi; editing by G. Bearzi and S. Bonizzoni; many thanks to Nina Santostasi, Dagmar Knäbel and everybody at OceanCare)

13 November 2013

Philippines speech moves Climate Change plenary to tears

Warsaw Climate Change Conference - November 2013 

Yeb Sano, the Philippines chief negotiator, opened the UN climate talks with a plea for urgent action. In his compassionate and moving speech, Sano said governments must to take notice of what happened in his country, and act accordingly.


Sport fisherman

A hand line fisherman in the morning.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Gulf of Corinth, Greece)

12 November 2013

Striped dolphins and cargo ship

Hellenic Seaways cargo and striped dolphins. Ship traffic in the Gulf of Corinth cuts right through critical dolphin habitat.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni)

11 November 2013

07 November 2013

Common dolphin nimbleness

A short-beaked common dolphin displays the acrobatic skills of its species.

Only a few tens of individuals survive in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece, where common dolphins are thought to interbreed with the much more abundant population of striped dolphins.

(Photo by G. Bearzi)

03 November 2013

Young bottlenose dolphin

A young common bottlenose dolphin portrayed in the Bay of Itea, Greece.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni)

02 November 2013

01 November 2013

Always been here

Locally sourced

Locals rush to buy a little fish when artisanal fishermen moor in the port of Itea, Greece. Owners of small trammel netters hardly earn more than a few 10-Euro bills out of a day of fishing - which barely covers the costs of fuel and boat upkeep. Meanwhile, money is being made by industrial fishing boats using destructive fishing methods.

(Photo by G. Bearzi)