The Blue World Institute research team, which carries out scientific research and conservation of the marine environment as well as educational activities on the Adriatic Sea, spent the past few days studying common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Northern Dalmatia.
The research activities are part of a multiannual collaboration with public institutions “Kornati National Park” and “Nature Park Telašćica”. During the two-day fieldwork, they observed five groups of bottlenose dolphins on the southernmost part of Kornati Island and off the west coast of Dugi Island, within Nature Park Telašćica.
The collected data will contribute to defining the spatial distribution of common bottlenose dolphins in this area and will improve the current knowledge on social relationships and interactions between the individuals within investigated areas.
“In addition to the impressive beauty of the landscape, we also admired the rich marine biodiversity. Along with a large number of dolphins, we managed to record a variety of other interesting marine organisms,” Blue World Institute writes.
Some of the rare marine sightings included the strictly protected bird species Scopoli’s Shearwater, the rare Siphonophora coastal organism, a scalp and a loggerhead sea turtle.
You can learn more about them on Blue World’s website.