Corinthian Gulf Dolphins

Corinthian Gulf Dolphins

Dolphins are by far the most loving and fascinating sea creatures. There are the symbol and friendship and solidarity and are adored by children and adults equally. Loutraki has a special bond with those amazing creatures as they are long time companions of our town, occupying our seas since antiquity. A true and loyal friend, we propose that you dedicate your time to cruise the northern part of the Corinthian Gulf and meet our lovely “buddies”! Until then, read their full story by WWF Greece.

The life of the stripped dolphins!
Did you know that the smallest dolphin species in the world lives in the Corinthian Gulf? Striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba) are not only the smallest of their family; they are also the ones we most frequently encounter in Greek waters. They are gray and get their name from the black stripe that begins from their eyes and goes down to their undersides. With an average length of 1.65 meters, they are smaller than the other dolphins. They live in almost every part of the Greek sea in great depth but close to shore. An isolated population lives in the enclo-sed Corinthian Gulf. They are keen swimmers and usually swim at up to 35 km/h, though when in a hurry they can reach up to 60 km/h. They feed mainly on squid as well as small pelagic fish, such as anchovies. They reach adulthood at 11–12 years of age and give birth during summer months roughly every 3 years. Their maximum life expectancy is 45 years.

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