By raising awareness of dolphins in the Ionian Sea we would like to see the word ‘once’ reversed back into abundant dolphin populations.
According to the Ionian Dolphin Project the causes of their generalised decline include prey depletion by overfishing and incidental mortality in fishing gear.
There are ways we can help. Reporting a sighting can help with identifying populations. Donations are always welcome so research and rescue can continue. Most importantly do not support organisations that hold dolphins or other sea creatures in captivity for entertainment purposes.
The common dolphin has a distinctive creamy yellow hourglass pattern along the sides, with a dark grey back, tail and flippers and a cream coloured belly. The beak is relatively long and slender. Adult short-beaked common dolphins measure between 1.8 to 2.3 metres long and weigh about 100 kg. Lifespan is about 20 to 30 years.
Encouragingly Greek waters still harbour a remarkable richness of cetacean fauna compared to the rest of the Mediterranean says Tethys Research Institute.
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