Bottlenose dolphins were seen off the Finnish coast near the city of Turku for the first time in almost 70 years. Such encounters are rare in the Baltic Sea, say the researchers. They are currently studying the behavior of these animals.
For the first time in almost 70 years, a trio of bottlenose dolphins has been seen in the Turku archipelago, in Finland, in the midst of a pandemic, reports this local newspaper Helsingin Sanomat on 22 May.
Although bottlenose dolphins are found in all oceans, they are rarely spotted in the Baltic Sea and even less frequently in Finnish waters, reports the media.
The first observations on the presence of these mammals off the Finnish coast were made on May 17.
According to the media, their last visits date from 1905 and 1953.
Specialist in cetaceans and researcher at the University of Applied Sciences in Turku, Olli Loisa was able to see this trio of less than 10 meters. She said scientists have already started studying the behavior of dolphins.
Loisa added that the mammals were at least three and that they were adults.
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