Magical images in the Ionian – The moment when a whale suckles her little one

Impressive images of bellows, zephyr and dolphins were recorded in the Ionian Sea and the Greek moat by scientists from the Pelagos Cytological Research Institute.

Some of the aerial shots, taken during research projects both for scientific reasons and to raise public awareness of the need to protect these animals, are being recorded for the first time throughout the Mediterranean and probably worldwide!

The Institute of Cytological Research Pelagos has been studying the whales of the Greek trench (from Kefalonia to southern Crete and Rhodes) for the last 25 years and knows most of them one by one, thanks to the method of photo-identification, which makes each blower distinct and unique.

Males can reach 20 meters in length in the oceans and 15-16 meters in the Mediterranean around Greece. Mediterranean whales are directly threatened by human activities. Only about 200 live throughout the Eastern Mediterranean. Most of them live along the Greek trench, which has been recognized as an IMMA area, ie of global importance for cetaceans.

The whales live with their children in large families (social groups), who move together. Their daily social life has various incidents, which often resemble ours. After many, about 40 minutes, diving, the social group meets on the surface for mothers to breastfeed their babies.

At such a moment, the scientists of the Sea Institute recorded the impressive behavior of a young male blower that you can see in the next video…

In a second video of aerial drone shots, dolphins are recorded, ziphies (cetaceans reaching 5-6 meters in length), in the Ionian Sea and south of Crete…

Scientists at the Sea Institute point out that, contrary to what is seen in the videos, our seas are not full of cetaceans, on the contrary, they are emptying more and more. According to, it took more than two months in the open sea to collect this material in often difficult or dangerous conditions in the open sea.

The Greek trench extends from northern Kefalonia to southern Rhodes and is the area where the Eurasian meets the African tectonic plate. At distances of 3-10 km from the coast, the depth already reaches 1,000 m., While there is the deepest point of the Mediterranean, the well-known Oinousses Well off Pylos, where the depth exceeds 5 km.



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