04 May 2009

Amvrakikos Gulf: first sightings of the year

The season of the ‘Dolphins of Greece’ project has recently started and it seems to be another promising one.

Just as a way to get started, Joan Gonzalvo, the principal investigator, spotted three bottlenose dolphins from the seafront while he was walking with his dog Posi.

Then, despite the unfavourable weather, the first team of Earthwatch volunteers made three sightings in a row, immediately recognising three old friends: ‘Helikas’ (a highly marked dolphin with a big notch behind her dorsal fin), ‘Koboloi’ (a bossy dolphin who likes to show off), and ‘Max’ (a very active and playful female).

And then not only dolphins… the lucky team also met two rare Dalmatian pelicans (Pelecanus crispus).

Definitely an excellent start!

Silvia Bonizzoni

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