A poster showing all cetacean species that occur with some regularity in the Mediterranean Sea. There are couple of species that are only very rarely seen in specific locations (such as Blainville’s beaked whales), or unique sightings of vagrants far outside their usual range (such as the grey whale that was sighted in 2010). These species have not been included in the poster.
The female risso’s dolphins (top right) was painted after, and in memory of Mary G. Mary G. lived in Oltremare, an Italian marine park, having been rehabilitated after stranding at a very young age. At the time, she was the only risso’s dolphin under human care in Europe. Early 2012 her health deteriorated and she passed away on the 31st of May. See a photo of Mary G. here::thumb209997355::thumb209881002::thumb203595729::thumb204206825: