THE UNCOMMON COMMON DOLPHIN

Morigenos has published a new review study on the occurrence of common dolphins in the Gulf of Trieste and the northern Adriatic Sea, published this week in the renowned scientific journal Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. The common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) used to be very common in the Adriatic Sea and other parts of the Mediterranean Sea. However, from the 1970s onwards it had become so rare that the Mediterranean population is now listed as Endangered on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The dolphin ...

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New study on feeding ecology of dolphins in Greece

Morigenos participated in a study investigating the feeding ecology of dolphins in the Gulf of Ambracia in Greece, led by researchers from the University of Barcelona and Tethys Research Institute and published this week in the journal Marine Mammal Science (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/mms.12725). The almost completely enclosed Gulf of Ambracia, in northwestern Greece, hosts a threatened community of about 150 bottlenose dolphins, which are largely separated from neighbouring populations in the Ionian Sea and are being studied by Tethys Research ...

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Acoustic monitoring

Finally, our acoustic equipment is back, safe and sound (no pun intended)! After a combination of reasons related to the COVID-19 situation prevented us from retrieving our acoustic loggers as originally scheduled, we were forced to leave them in the sea longer. We were happy and relieved to find they were still there. We look forward to analysing the collected data!

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Master thesis on the impacts of fisheries on dolphins in the Gulf of Trieste

  Huge congratulations to Janja Hozner, a friend and former participant to our research courses, who got awarded her MSc degree with distinction in Biology and Ecology with Conservation at the University of Maribor, with a thesis titled “Impact of fisheries on the behaviour and body injuries of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Gulf of Trieste”, carried out in collaboration with Morigenos. Well done Janja!

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Earth day

Today is Earth day! Let's try to make every day an Earth day, individually and all together. 😊🐦🐝🐬🌲🌵🍄

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Dolphin Nevio

This is a dolphin Nevio. Unlike dolphins from the “morning” and “evening” group, which like to swim in big groups, Nevio mostly prefers to be alone. Despite this, he can remain in acoustic contact with other dolphins over larger distances. During these days be like Nevio – remain in contact with your friends at a distance.  #stayhome

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A Dolphin named Prešeren

Prešeren, a bottlenose dolphin which we first met on this year's Prešeren Day, came to have breakfast in Piran this week, in a fish restaurant with a view of Slovenia's highest mountain Triglav.

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Dolphin Research Courses 2020

For everyone who loves the ocean, sun and marine mammal research, we are once again organising Dolphin Research Courses. The courses will be held in Piran, Slovenia, from June to end of August. If you are over 16 years of age you are more than welcome to join us and learn more about the lives of dolphins living in the Gulf of Trieste. You can read more about the Dolphin Research Courses on the link: https://www.morigenos.org/en/dolphin-research-courses/. For more information send an email to morigenos@morigenos.org

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PREŠEREN-DOLPHIN DAY

  Morigenos team spent the Slovenian cultural holiday (8th February – Prešeren Day) in the field. On Saturday and Sunday we carried out 155 km of navigation at sea and about 10 hours of land-based observations. On Prešeren Day we encountered two dolphins off Piran. One of them, called Nevio, is well known to us since 2008. The other was recorded for the first time and to commemorate the day, it was named Prešeren, after France Prešeren, Slovenia’s greatest poet.

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FIRST SIGHTING OF THE NEW DECADE

Today we had the first dolphin sighting in the new decade! We found a large group of dolphins along the shore of Piran (Slovenia), including mothers with calves. Most of the encountered dolphins are well known to us, as we now know some of them for 17 years. Those of you that adopted the female Moni in the past will be happy to know she was seen today with a calf. Many thanks to fisherman Boris who called us when he spotted dolphins. Such reports are highly valuable to us, as they enable us to collect additional data and therefore gain a better understanding of dolphins in ...

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