Why do you research what you research?
I remember watching documentaries about different animals and interesting places, thinking how great it would be to someday join an expedition with real researchers. I was especially interested in whales and dolphins. At the time, I never imagined I would be able to partake in something like this in Slovenia. I came across a poster about dolphins in Slovenia at my university, adopted a dolphin, and joined the Morigenos research camp in 2004. Before joining, I was unaware that dolphins even existed in Slovenian waters. I was thrilled to meet enthusiastic young researchers and to join the team. I knew this was my calling, and I feel very honored and lucky to work with Morigenos and to be a part of the Slovenian Dolphin Project.
Tell us about a great moment in the field
Every sighting is unique and special. I enjoy the moments when dolphins are playful and curious, like when they come to bow-ride and watch us. It is also nice to just listen to them when it gets dark and you can’t see them, but you can hear their calm breathing next to the boat. This past year, a young dolphin approached the dinghy, first just bow-riding and jumping, but it slowed down and stayed close to the boat in a vertical position with just its beak sticking out of the water, opening and closing its mouth. It is interesting to see different behaviors and to figure out their meaning.