Over the past 20 years I visited a few so-called ambassador dolphins: animals which leave their pod to live in a port, harbour or bay, and who do not shy away from contact with humans and pets.








Amongst the animals I visited were Fungi the Dingle Dolphin (1989, 1990 and 1991)
Musician and artist Julian Cope dedicated a song to Fungi in 1990 (Island Records). You might recognize the person playing the trumpet in the videoclip!












More recently in the Netherlands, I tracked down Wesley of the Westerschelde with the help of  Martijn de Jonge. He took this picture.
Martijn de Jonge is a professional wildlife photographer, and he has taken many beautiful pictures of cetaceans in both Dutch and international waters. Visit his website for more eyecandy: www.martijndejonge.nl






Toto in Tholen (2008)I do not have a tele-lens but managed to capture a jump by bottlenosed dolphin Toto of Tholen (2008). I wrote an article on Ambassador's dolphins for the Dutch Diving Association NOB in the June-2009 issue.
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For more information on (especially) Irish ambassador's dolphins see www.irishdolphins.com and www.janploeg.nl an follow his adventures on http://www.youtube.com/user/dustydolphinman










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