October 3, 2017
Olympians of the Ocean
- as seen by -Claudio Campagna
The acrobatic dusky dolphins, Lagenorhynchus obscurus, are found in the temperate coastal waters of the Southern Cone in Argentina, in restricted places in West Africa, and in New Zealand. They perform spectacular displays that trigger all kinds of emotions for those lucky enough to see them in nature.
These Olympic-style gymnastics often occur during coordinated foraging—where a group of more than 100 dolphins cooperate by circling and pushing a school of anchovies to the surface. Their prey is also available to hundreds of hungry birds. The feeding frenzy lasts only minutes but illustrates how wonderful and dramatic nature can be.