Dolphins welcomed the referendum

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.

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First newborn of the year

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.

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Photo exhibition in Tivoli, Ljubljana

Biodiversity ... a word that describes nature in all its colourfulness, diversity, patterns, shapes and states. A wonderful exhibition about Slovenia's biodiversity is on display in Ljubljana's Tivoli park until 1 July. It also features our photograph on one of the 80 panels. Come and visit!

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Morigenos - Slovenian Marine Mammal Society has been studying the life of dolphins in the Gulf of Trieste for many years.  This year is important for our society as we celebrate 20 years since its founding. 20 years of projects, hard work, networking, research, publications, learning, education, awareness, and 20 years of getting to know dolphins, getting to know their stories, their lives. For this opportunity, we wanted to refresh our appearance and offer the opportunity to the general public to participate in designing our new graphic image. We have announced a ...

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Summer research courses

Good news for everyone who loves nature, being at sea and studying dolphins. We are organizing summer research courses again this year! Summer research courses are meant for everyone who is interested in the lives of dolphins living in the Gulf of Trieste. You can choose between 3 different dates, but make sure you sign up fast since there are limited places available. See you soon! You can find out more about the summer research courses by following this link: https://www.morigenos.org/en/dolphin-research-courses/

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Morigenos and Bananko sighted after a long time

Yesterday and today, just off the coast of Fiesa and Piran, we encountered Morigenos and Bananko, two male dolphins we know well. We first met Morigenos in March 2003, while Bananko was first seen in July 2004. Both of them are among the most commonly observed dolphins in Slovenian waters, as well as in the Gulf of Trieste in general.  We last saw them in August 2020. During this autumn-winter period we spent less time in the field, due to both weather conditions and the situation related to covid-19, so we have not seen some of our studied dolphins for a while. That is ...

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DOLPHINS IN THE MIST

Our dolphin searching skills have reached a new level! Today we managed to locate a group of dolphins in almost zero visibility, using only sound. We headed out to sea at dawn in very dense fog, with visibility of less than 50 m. These aren’t conditions in which we would typically conduct fieldwork, but due to recent sightings we decided to go out regardless. Soon after we left the harbour, we stopped the boat and put our hydrophone in the water. Sure enough, we detected dolphin whistles almost immediately. Using both intuition and successive detections of dolphin ...

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THIS IS HOW PIRAN BAY SOUNDED TODAY

The waters around Piran were pretty noisy today. These are the sounds of 35-40 dolphins, including males, females and calves, recorded by Morigenos research team using a hydrophone (underwater microphone). The Gulf of Trieste, including the waters of Slovenia, is home to a resident population of about 150 bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Dolphins use these waters to feed, reproduce and raise their young. This population has been studied by Morigenos researchers for 18 years, so we know most of these dolphins well. Individual animals are identified by natural ...

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First sighting in 2021

Yesterday we had our first dolphin sighting of 2021, thanks to a call we received early in the morning. Our team immediately headed out to sea and soon located a group of about 30 dolphins, which spent almost two hours around Piran, predominantly feeding. At Morigenos we know these dolphins very well, some of them for 18 years. The group included males and females with calves. We are always glad to receive such calls, so we invite everyone to report their dolphin sightings in the Gulf of Trieste to us on +38631771077. This helps us collect important information about the ...

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Ocean giants visit the Gulf of Trieste

Today, Morigenos researchers located and observed two fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus), thanks to a report by one of Slovenian fishermen. The fin whale is the second largest animal on our planet and the only regularly present baleen whale in the Mediterranean Sea. In the northern Adriatic Sea this species is typically recorded every few years. Fin whales in the northern hemisphere grow up to 22.5 m and 50 tons, while their southern hemisphere counterparts can grow up to 26 m and 80 tons. They mainly feed on small crustaceans called krill, and on some small fish species. ...

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