Today we had this year's first encounter with a group of dolphins we know well and which we otherwise usually see regularly. As we had not seen them at all this year so far, we have been wondering where they are and have even been growing a bit worried. But today, after yesterday's referendum, where the people of Slovenia successfully rejected a harmful water law, they re-appeared. As scientists, we attribute this to coincidence and biological factors. And yet, we cannot help wonder if they somehow knew that yesterday we also managed to partially protect their home.
Last week we recorded the first newborn dolphin this year! We followed a group of about 25
dolphins close to Piran, most of which we know well. One of them was a tiny newborn, only a few
days old. The photograph shows pale lines, a result of the baby being “squished” inside the mother’s
womb. Dolphin calves are mainly born in the warm part of the year, so we hope to see new
additions to this population in the upcoming weeks.