This week we received our first two dolphin sighting reports submitted to us through our user-friendly REPORT A SIGHTING online form.
First sighting took place in the area of Meganisi on May 16th and involved a group of about 15 bottlenose dolphins and it was reported to us by Peter and Sally Hudson, who provided a very good photography that allowed us to confirm the species identification. The second sighting happened off the island of Skorpios on May 18th and it was reported by David Gilbert, who in this case provided us a video link. It is quite complicated to identify the species based on David’s footage but our best guess would be that probably those were also bottlenose dolphins. These recent reports submitted by Peter, Sally and David, while enjoying their holidays onboard two Sail Ionian chartered boats, show how easy it is to facilitate us valuable data collected opportunistically while sailing around the beautiful Ionian waters. A big thank you to all of them and their respective boat crews!
Please, keep it in mind once you are out there; you all can make a difference! Your collaboration will help us to gain a better understanding of the distribution and habitat preferences of cetaceans inhabiting this side of the Mediterranean and promote adequate conservation measures.
Finally, I would like to thank our friends of Sail Ionian, a yacht charter company based in the island of Lefkada, for helping the IDP by promoting the collaboration of their clients in our sightings network. Other sailing holiday flotilla/yacht charter companies operating in the area have showed interest in collaborating with us; we are looking forward to hearing from all of you and your amazing experiences and cetacean encounters… There she blows!