Why do you research dolphins?
I decided that studying whales and dolphins was something I wanted to do seriously when I first joined Italian researchers on a boat trip. I was 11 years old at the time. At first, I was simply fascinated by dolphins. I then realized that studying and protecting these animals could have wider benefits for marine conservation as a whole.
A memorable moment in the field:
Special moments are those when dolphins are particularly acrobatic, when they come to swim under our boat, or when we encounter an individual we haven't seen for years. And the birth of a new baby is always a special moment.
One of the more recent great moments happened last summer, when we were following a single dolphin just 50 meters from the coast. Suddenly, 60 other dolphins appeared. I recognized one animal that we had not seen for 10 years!