11:09 — Science talk / Marine conservation — TESTO ITALIANO

Il biologo marino Giovanni Bearzi spiega perché concentrarsi esclusivamente sulle minacce dirette a balene e delfini non costituisce una strategia di conservazione efficace. -- La nostra attenzione dovrebbe andare alle azioni gestionali che portano a un miglioramento reale della qualità ambientale, e a una seria politica di riduzione degli impatti umani più distruttivi. -- Enfatizzare le minacce più dirette per i cetacei è una buona cosa... ma non dovrebbe sviare l'attenzione sulle offese più diffuse e dilaganti generate dall'accanimento umano, come il sovrasfruttamento causato dalla pesca, il rumore marino e, ovviamente, il riscaldamento e l'acidificazione degli oceani. -- Dobbiamo impegnarci a "rinaturalizzare" i nostri mari ripristinandone la ricchezza e la bellezza, in modo che ai cetacei non sia consentito solo di sopravvivere... ma possano prosperare.


11:28 — Science talk / Marine conservation

Marine biologist Giovanni Bearzi explains why focusing exclusively on direct threats to whales and dolphins does not represent a far-reaching conservation strategy. -- Our collective focus should be on management action leading to a real improvement of environmental conditions, which must include a serious reduction of destructive human impacts. -- Emphasis on the most proximate threats to cetaceans is good... but it shouldn't divert attention from the most ubiquitous and pervasive basin-wide offences generated by human encroachment—such as fishing down marine food webs, ocean noise and, indeed, ocean warming and acidification. -- We must commit to "rewilding" our seas by restoring environmental quality and richness, so that cetaceans won't be merely allowed to survive, but can actually thrive.


16:47 — Documentary / Marine conservation

Dolphin Biology and Conservation, in collaboration with OceanCare, has conducted intensive field research on dolphins in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece. This documentary, produced by Jens Kramer in July 2013, features several DBC researchers, interviews with local fishers, and some of the field activities that took place between 2009 and 2017.


06:21 — Video report / Marine biology

In June 2016, we documented what looked like grieving behaviour by a striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba towards a subadult conspecific. The event was filmed during a Marine Biology Field Course by Texas A&M University, organised in collaboration with OceanCare and Dolphin Biology and Conservation in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece. For more information on cetacean responses to dead conspecifics (and whether or not it may be grieving) check out THIS ARTICLE.


08:58 — Documentary / Marine biology

This Texas A&M University course consisted of lectures and labs on the ecology and behavior of marine mammals. The course provided opportunities of observing and recording data on marine fauna, assisted by experienced researchers. It also included visits to cultural heritage sites and fishing ports. This short video shows some of the activities during the course held in 2014.


02:56 — Video report / Marine biology

A Mediterranean jelly Cotylorhiza tuberculata bloom in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece. This jellyfish species is exceptionally beautiful.


02:32 — Video report / Marine biology

The amazing grace of striped dolphins in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece. Filmed underwater while socialising and bowriding the research boat.


01:40 — Video report / Marine biology

During a dolphin survey in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece, we spotted a loggerhead sea turtle floating at the surface. From far away it looked like the turtle could be resting, but then we noticed that she was hooked on a fishing longline. Because in previous years we had managed to rescue and release a few sea turtles entangled in fishing gear, we were positive that this one could be saved, too. This time, however, it was too late.


03:14 — Video report / Marine biology

While studying bottlenose dolphins in the Southern Evoikos Gulf, Greece, we recorded the acoustic behaviour of dolphins foraging in the proximity of coastal fish farms. The "sound" part is followed by a brief overview by our collaborator Lavinia Eddy. Filmed in October 2014.


00:55 — Video report / Fisheries

A short excerpt from an interview with artisanal fishers in the Southern Evoikos Gulf, Greece. These fishers often complain about dolphins depredating fishing gear... but ultimately blame industrial fisheries for the collapse of fish stocks.


02:11 — Documentary / Marine biology

An afternoon in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece, observing a single Risso's dolphin in a large group of striped dolphins. This mixed-species group also included a few common dolphins and animals of intermediate pigmentation. We tracked dolphin movements, recorded group size and behaviour, took hundreds of digital photos for individual photo-identification, and timed surfacing intervals of the Risso's dolphin. Dolphin research in the Gulf was conducted between 2009 and 2017, in the context of a long-term study supported by OceanCare. Featured scientists include Silvia Bonizzoni, Lavinia Eddy and Nicola Stoppelli.


03:58 — Video report / Marine biology

In December 2009, seven sperm whales stranded alive along the coast of Gargano, Italy. It did not end well. We happened to be there, and we contribute some footage of the live stranding. For more information: Bearzi G. et al. 2010. Perception of a cetacean mass stranding in Italy: the emergence of compassion. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 20, 644-654.