Addio…ad un caro Amico! Farewell… to a dear friend! intotheblue.it
While sailing to reach our dive site we met a dead dolphin. We are 4.5 miles off the coast of Castiglioncello, in the Province of Livorno, in the area considered the “Sanctuary of the Cetaceans” because during the summer many marine mammals come here to reproduce. It is a common Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), very presents in the Mediterranean are social animals that live in packs and that we have met many times during go out to sea.
Since the beginning of the year 2019, 26 cases of dolphin death have been reported in Tuscany, a higher average than in the same period of 2018. The causes of death are not known at the moment; scholars from the University of Siena and the Aquarium of Livorno were asked to carry out the investigations to find out the causes. Pollution, plastics, and climate change can be considered among the determining factors. Addio…ad un caro Amico! Farewell… to a dear friend! intotheblue.it
These deaths struck us a lot because the Dolphin has always been considered by the sailors and boaters of the whole world a friend, an allegory of the resurrection for Christians and legendary for all cultures. We find it described in Greek and Latin mythology and culture and represented in the history of art as a symbol of friendship between man and sea. Addio…ad un caro Amico! Farewell… to a dear friend! intotheblue.it