29 September 2016

Aurelio D'Agostino: where it all started



Aurelio D'Agostino, MD, observing bottlenose dolphins off Galaxidi, Greece.

Thirty years ago, Aurelio—Giovanni's family physician—reported seeing dolphins on a regular basis east of the island of Losinj, Croatia. Information provided by Aurelio prompted Giovanni to move to Losinj and start studying bottlenose dolphins from inflatable boats. That is where it all started. Study areas and methodology have changed, but the basic approach and passion have remained the same.

(Photo by G. Bearzi, Gulf of Corinth, Greece)

28 September 2016

27 September 2016

Dolphin sunrise



Bottlenose dolphins at sunrise.

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

26 September 2016

Bottlenose dolphin newborn



Newborn bottlenose dolphin with mother and escort.

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

24 September 2016

Newborn dolphin around fish farm



A newborn bottlenose dolphin approaches a fish farm with its mother. Since they are born, baby bottlenose dolphins have opportunities of learning how to take advantage of wild fish attracted by the cages: a behaviour that will be crucial for their future survival.

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

23 September 2016

Juvenile striped dolphin



Juvenile striped dolphin surfacing besides an adult.

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

22 September 2016

Near the church



Bottlenose dolphins socialising near the church of Agios Georgios, an island close to Galaxidi.

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

21 September 2016

Getting physical



Bottlenose dolphins getting physical.

(Photo by L. Eddy, Gulf of Corinth, Greece)

20 September 2016

Nightjar - Caprimulgus europaeus



Giovanni found this amazing bird in the middle of the road with a broken wing. It is a nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus.

The bird was syringe-fed by Lavinia at the field station for a few days, based on directions received from ANIMA (a Greek organisation concerned with wildlife rescue). Once the nightjar looked like she was doing better, Silvia sent her to ANIMA in Athens for appropriate care and rehab.

(Photo by G. Bearzi, Galaxidi, Greece)

19 September 2016

Apocalyptic sky



This morning's (almost) apocalyptic sky before a rainstorm.

(Photo by G. Bearzi, Galaxidi, Greece)

Dolphin navel



A female striped dolphin showing her pinkish belly and navel.

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

18 September 2016

Atlantic tripletail Lobotes surinamensis



An unusual encounter: the Atlantic tripletail Lobotes surinamensis. This large individual was hiding under a floating plastic sheet drifting offshore, in the company of juvenile greater amberjack Seriola dumerili and horse mackerel Trachurus trachurus.

Thank you Patrick Louisy for identification of the tripletail.

(Photo from video by L. Eddy, Gulf of Corinth, Greece)

17 September 2016

Dolphins and fishing boat



Bottlenose dolphins near an artisanal fishing boat from Galaxidi.

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

16 September 2016

Among buoys



A bottlenose dolphin surfaces among fish farm buoys.

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

15 September 2016

Not only dolphin research



Silvia and Lavinia replacing plants that did not survive the dry hot summer.

(Photo by G. Bearzi)

Morning farm



Watching the Galaxidi Marine Farm in the early morning.

(Photo by G. Bearzi, Gulf of Corinth, Greece)

14 September 2016

Young dolphin



A young striped dolphin.

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

13 September 2016

Leaving early



Yesterday we left the port in the early morning for another survey of the Gulf.

(Photo by G. Bearzi, Gulf of Corinth, Greece)

Before sunrise



Watching bottlenose dolphins before sunrise is a remarkable experience.

(Photo by G. Bearzi, Gulf of Corinth, Greece)

12 September 2016

In the field with dolphins



Silvia photographing bottlenose dolphins near the Galaxidi fish farm.

(Photo by G. Bearzi, Gulf of Corinth, Greece)

11 September 2016

Second bottlenose dolphin newborn



The second bottlenose dolphin newborn observed since our study started in 2009 was encountered yesterday, in a group of eleven individuals.

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

10 September 2016

Dolphin and gull



Bottlenose dolphin 'standing' under a seagull, near a coastal fish farm.

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

08 September 2016

Octopus signature



Parallel circular markings (shown by arrows) near the mouth of this bottlenose dolphin were likely left by the suckers of a large cephalopod, perhaps an octopus.

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