Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 19th, 2007
Add another one to this wild week of unusual animal sightings.
Warsaw, Poland — Two dolphins frolicking near the Polish Baltic Sea port of Gdynia at the weekend thrilled Polish marine biologists, who say dolphins were last seen in the area more than two centuries ago.
“Our records show dolphin sightings in this area in the 17th and 19th Centuries, so this really is a special event,” Professor Krzysztof Sikora, head of Gdansk University’s marine biology station on the Baltic’s Hel peninsula.
Sikora identified the creatures as common dolphins and urged pleasure boaters and commercial shippers to keep their eyes peeled for further sightings of the mammals.
Sightings of species have increased in recent years owing to the rise in the number of pleasure craft and the prevalence of mobile phones with cameras, Sikora said speaking via a mobile phone from a boat off the coast of the Hel peninsula.
Sikora was, however, at a loss to explain why the dolphins ventured into the Baltic. Rare sighting of dolphins in Baltic thrills Polish biologists, Digital Journal Staff in Environment, August 19, 2007; Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa