Common dolphins in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece
The Gulf of Corinth is an almost-enclosed sea in Greece, eastern Mediterranean. Surveys to assess local cetacean presence were conducted by the Pelagos Cetacean Research Institute in July 1995 and 1997. Dolphin sighting frequencies were high (0.043 sightings/km). Four dolphin species were encountered: striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba), short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus delphis), Risso’s dolphins (Grampus griseus) and common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus).
Bottlenose dolphins were encountered only once. Thirteen dolphin sightings were single-species
Interspecific rake marks on the Risso’s dolphins, and behaviours observed through video analysis,
Mixed-groups including short-beaked common dolphins, striped dolphins and Risso's dolphins
Cetacean Alliance investigators:
For more information, see:
Frantzis A., Herzing D. 2002. Mixed-species associations of striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba), short beaked common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) and Risso’s dolphins (Grampus griseus) in the Gulf of Corinth (Greece, Mediterranean Sea). Aquatic Mammals 28(2):188-197. (941 Kb)