Aegean sea in Greece is well known for it’s crystal blue waters. Who traveled there and wasn’t get enchanted? Locals and tourists fell in love with the area, and so dolphins loved the area thousands of years ago too. Dolphins in Aegean sea are somehow a usual phenomenon. If you ever cruised by boat or a ship in Aegean sea you surely saw a group of dolphins playing on the boat’s waves. In Greece you can find more than 6 different species of dolphins and most of them have local populations in Halkidiki too.
Species of dolphins in Aegean sea
There are up to 6 different species of dolphins in Aegean sea. Let’s discover them.
- Harbour porpoise (Phocoena), Phocoena’s population is usually seen in Thrace’s sea and in NorthEast Aegean sea. Some fishermen testimonials that they have appeared in the sea of Halkidiki too. It’s the smallest specie of dolphin (1,4m-2,0m) and it’s weight is about 45kg to 65kg. They are feeding with small fishes and they can dive up to 40m deep. Unfortunately they are in a great danger.
- Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), Bottlenose dolphins population in Greece is living close to the coasts so they are the most usual dolphins in aegean sea you can meet. An adult can be 1,9m to 4,1m long and weights almost 300kg, a newborn 0,85m to 1,4m long. Bottlenose dolphins can jumb up to 6m high, they can dive up to 200m deep and they can swim very fast (almost 60km/h). They are mostly feeding with squids and small fishes. Cruising in Halkidiki can give you an opportunity to see them.
- Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis), You can meet Delphinus delphis in all over Greece’s seas. Newborns are 0,7 to 1m long and adults are about 1,7 to 2,7m long and weights almost 100 to 130kg. Delphinus delphis can swim with 60km/h and they can dive up to 200m deep. They are mostly feeding with squids and small fishes. You can easy see them on a Halkidiki’s cruise, unfortunately they are in a great danger too.
- Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus), Risso’s dolphins are usually living in Halkidiki’s sea, Crete’s sea and Northern Sporades sea. Newborns are 1,1 to 1,7m long, adults are 2,6 to 4m long and they usually weight 300 to 500kg. Risso’s dolphins can swim with 37km/h, they can dive 500m deep and they can be underwater for about 30min. They are feeding with squids.
- Rough-Toothed Dolphin (Steno bredanensis), Rough-Toothed Dolphin’s population is mostly living in Eastern Medditeranean sea. Adults are up to 2,8m long and it’s weight is 90 to 155kg. They are able to dive at least 50m deep for about 15min. They usually feeding with small fishes. Rough-Toothed Dolphins are rare shown in Halkidiki’s sea but we surely met a group of them on a Halkidiki cruise in the past.
- Striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba), Striped dolphins are usual shown close to the coasts, so Halkidiki’s sea is suitable for their preferences. Adults are about 2,2m long, they can dive about 200m deep and they can swim up to 60km/h. They are mostly feeding with squids and small fishes. You can find them as a group by their own or as a group with the common dolphin or the Rough-Toothed dolphin. It’s one of the most usual shown specie of dolphins in Aegean sea.
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Halkidiki’s cruises with the most dolphins appearances
Top Halkidiki’s cruises with the most dolphins appearances are:
- Athos Cruise in departing from Ouranoupolis at 10.30
- Athos Cruise departing from Ouranoupolis at 14.00
- Mix Cruise departing from Ouranoupolis and Ormos Panagias
- Blue Lagoon Cruise departing from Ouranoupolis and Ormos Panagias
How often does dolphins shown on a cruise in Halkidiki?
Dolphins are shown almost always, you have to be patience and searching for them around the boat, they usually playing on the waves of the boat in the back or in the front of the boat.
Does dolphins swimming close to a swimmer?
Usualy they are not, wildlife dolphins may playing close to the boats but they don’t like swimming next to humans. They can’t trust us easily so they prefer to keep their distances
Why dolphins are so usual shown in Halkidiki’s sea?
Sea of Halkidiki have a very rich ecosystem, the shallow waters of a meter to the waters of 1070 meters deep, and the perfect sea temperatures are some of the reasons there are many and different species of fishes. Fishes is the most usual food of dolphins
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