Subject: Bone from Greece

Lindsay J Porter (
Fri, 5 Dec 1997 11:41:32 +0800

>>A couple of years ago we went on vacation to Corfu, Greece. There we
>>went sailing for 2 weeks. In a bay I went swimming and found, I think,
>>a whale bone, but I don't know for sure. In many zoo's I tried to find
>>out what bone it is, but the measures are all different than mine.
>>I attached a drawing of the bone with the measures. If you reconize it
>>or know what it could be could you mail me?
>>Already thanks a lott
>>Jurriaan Groot

Dear Jurriaan,
I am sorry but with just that one bone I can't find information to narrow it
down to species - as I suspected.  Delphinids that it COULD be would include

Bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus
Striped Dolphin, Stenella coeruleoalba
Common Dolphin, Delphinus delphis

A web reference for cetaceans that you might find in the Med area is

Tethys Research Institute in Italy has researched the Mediterranean Sea
extensively, both off the coast of Corsica and Sardinia, and in the Adriatic
Sea. Their research is partially funded by eco-tourism.  Perhaps you could
contact the institute and seek advice from someone who works on Med delphinds

Dr. Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara
Tethys Research Institute
viale G.B. Gadio 2, I-20121 Milano, Italy
tel. (+39-2) 72001947 - fax (+39-2) 72001946

I hope that you can find your species!

best wishes
Dolphin Research Group
The Swire Institute of Marine Science
The University of Hong Kong
Cape d'Aguilar
Hong Kong