Underwater photographer Brian Skerry’s work has been featured in the cover story of the May issue of National Geographic magazine. Entitled “Dolphin Intelligence: It’s time for a conversation”, the article is the first in a three part series. The article discusses attempts to understand dolphin vocalizations, why dolphins have such large brains and how they form allegiances and social structures.
Brian comments: “The story is about dolphin cognition. The last time NGM did a dolphin story was in 1992 (Flip Nicklin’s). For this piece I worked in 9 locations worldwide covering 5 species (bottlenose, dusky, spinner, spotted and orca) photographing ways that we can see that dolphins are smart. Six of the locations were in the wild and I focused on behaviors such as game play and feeding strategies. This is actually the first of a three story series in NGM about dolphins. The June issue will have a story about re-wilding dolphins. For this story I photograph Indo-Pacific dolphins that were released off South Korea after having been captive in the Seoul Zoo. The dolphins returned to their birth pod.”
The article is available via the print edition of the National Geographic magazine, via their apps and online.
Brian’s work profusely illustrates the article, and we are grateful to him and to National Geographic for allowing us to reproduce some of the stunning images here: