Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Day 86: Rising Risso's

 These are Risso's dolphins, one of the most commonly spotted species around the island. They're the largest dolphin (besides the Orca) and they have tall relatively straight dorsal fins that are similar in shape to an Orca. They often look light gray due to extensive surface scaring. The pod we came across yesterday was about 20 individuals including one mom and very small calf. The calf was stuck to its mom's side like glue.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Annie,

    Love your blog and photos, been reading since near the start. The Farallons are beautiful and primeval and fascinating, keep giving pics and stories to us who can only ride by in boats.

    - Randy
    Wildlife of California