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

 

 

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Trevor is a photographer, National Geographic Young Explorer, and Eddie Bauer Adventure Travel Guide.