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Photographing Dolphin Intelligence

This August I had the chance to join National Geographic Photographer Brian Skerry on a 10-day expedition to the Bahamas to photograph wild atlantic spotted dolphins with researcher Denise Herzing.

Together, we traveled on a 60-foot catamaran between the island of Bimini and the White Sand Ridge area south of Freeport in search of a pod of dolphins Denise has been studying for nearly 30 years.

Brian’s goal was to capture photos that show-in a single frame-the intelligence of dolphins. Below are a few behind-the-scenes images from the expedition taken by Hussain Aga Khan.

Trevor is a photographer, National Geographic Young Explorer, and Eddie Bauer Adventure Travel Guide. Hussain Aga Khan is an avid photographer, dedicated conservationist, and helps fund select conservation projects.

 

Atlantic spotted dolphins swimming in the warm waters of the Caribbean off Bimini Island in the Bahamas. Photo by Hussain Aga Khan.

Atlantic spotted dolphins swimming in the warm waters of the Caribbean off Bimini Island in the Bahamas. Photo by Hussain Aga Khan.

Atlantic spotted dolphins in formation and demonstrating cooperative behavior in the Bahamas. Photo by Hussain Aga Khan

Atlantic spotted dolphins in formation and demonstrating cooperative behavior in the Bahamas. Photo by Hussain Aga Khan

Atlantic spotted dolphins playing in the sea near the island of Bimini, Bahamas. Photo by Hussain Aga Khan

Atlantic spotted dolphins playing in the sea near the island of Bimini, Bahamas. Photo by Hussain Aga Khan

 

National Geographic Photographer Brian Skerry freedives with a wild atlantic spotted dolphin for his NGM story on dolphin congnition. Photo by Hussain Aga Khan

National Geographic Photographer Brian Skerry freedives with a wild atlantic spotted dolphin for his NGM story on dolphin congnition. Photo by Hussain Aga Khan

 

 

Comments

  1. Zara
    Pakistan
    November 23, 2013, 2:15 am

    Truly wonderful pictures!

  2. sharaz khan
    November 18, 2013, 1:05 am

    We underestimate all non-human cognition. These stories help keep this notion alive and the respect we need to create for these beautiful beings.

  3. Raheel Tajuddin Lakhani
    http://www.raheellakhani.com
    November 17, 2013, 12:52 pm

    Such beauty! Lovely captures.

  4. Titi
    Botswana
    October 31, 2013, 10:39 am

    Beautiful images! My daughter, Seneo, went swimming with Dolphins off the coast of Mozambique…came back in-awe and in-love.

  5. Yasmin Athanasiou
    Greece
    October 18, 2013, 9:17 am

    Thanks to show us these SUPER image

  6. Yasmin Athanasiou
    Greece
    October 18, 2013, 9:14 am

    Very SUPER SUPER images .

  7. Mabel Rosa
    italy
    October 15, 2013, 3:25 pm

    Meravigliosi!!!!

  8. Sohail Saha
    India
    October 15, 2013, 12:56 pm

    WOW!!! I never knew that the life of dolphins were complex…

  9. cosmas
    lagos, nigeria
    October 15, 2013, 12:04 pm

    Cool pics

  10. fardian
    depok
    October 15, 2013, 10:13 am

    Awesome

  11. Muralidharan
    Palakkad
    October 15, 2013, 10:10 am

    WOW!

  12. Nazir Kassamali
    Edmontion, AB canada
    October 14, 2013, 9:14 pm

    I would like to see more of Prince Husseins photographs.

  13. James
    India
    October 13, 2013, 6:27 am

    I think you missed adding “Prince” to Prince Hussain Aga Khan’s Name. please do add

  14. Kirsten Massebeau
    United States
    October 12, 2013, 4:42 pm

    Fantastic images! A big thanks to Denise Herzing for showing the world that the dolphins are basically ocean people with complex lives, families, and cultures.