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Dolphin delights at Bardsey Island

Earlier this year we were back in North Wales, at Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli), undertaking our fieldwork into the Risso’s dolphins that make Bardsey their home during the summer and autumn months.  

We had a fantastic field season this year with one of our best ever encounters, we had more than 30 Risso’s dolphins that were feeding and foraging around the boat for a couple of hours. You can read all about our survey work this year in our fieldwork blog.

We took over 1000 pictures and videos during this encounter, and have just finished putting the best video clips together to highlight the amazing encounter we had, some of it we had to slow down as they were so fast! You can watch the video below.

Bardsey Island is not only home to Risso’s dolphins, we regularly see harbour porpoises, bottlenose dolphins and sometimes common dolphins amongst others. In 2012 we headed out on a boat after seeing lots of fins and surface activity in the distance, we came across a group of common dolphins as they were feeding. They were leaping out of the water, surface rushing and coming close to the boat to bow ride. The video below includes the highlights from that encounter.

Read all about our Bardsey Island fieldwork, and why we study the Risso’s dolphins in particular .