This Risso’s dolphin was spotted leaping through the waves in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Risso’s dolphins are easily identifiable by their white scars, which may be made by other Risso’s dolphins or by squid, their preferred prey. These dolphins feed mostly at night, hunting squid that move toward the surface.
This playful Risso’s dolphin calf was spotted leaping through the air in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Risso’s dolphins tend to be found over deep water, where they hunt for squid and other animals that migrate to the ocean surface at night. Oddly, these dolphins lack teeth in their upper jaw, instead using two to seven pairs of peg-like teeth in their lower jaw to capture prey!
One of the most
notorious Russian prison for lifers Black Dolphin was built in 1773. It often
described as “hell on earth”, and the only way to escape the prison is death.
The prison was
named after the fountain in front of the main building that is accompanied by a
sculpture depicting a black dolphin. With capacity 1 600, the prison
houses 863 inmates that killed approximately 4000 people. 160 of the inmates
are mentally ill.
inmates share a 4.5-square-meter cell with iron beds, sink, toilet, table
and a bench. However, some of the prisoners are too dangerous to have a
cellmate. Cannibal Vladimir Nikolaev that would prefer death instead of life in
Black Dolphin is one of those inmates, therefore he lives alone.
Lights are never
out in the Black Dolphin, even at night. Inmates wake up at 6 a.m. and go to
sleep at 10 p.m. But there is another kind of light they never get see. Sunlight.
Inmates rarely leave their cells, and the prison “yard” (pictured above) is just another cell,
but with transparent ceiling. Outside the cell they always have to wear handcuffs.
When inmates are being moved within the prison’s buildings, correctional
officers also put on them head bags. There is no canteen in the Black Dolphin. Inmates
even eat in their cells. This way the prison insures that inmates stay
Near the main prison building there is a gift shop where the inmates can sell their crafts. Most
of the goods are stuffed animals.
Despite locals’ belief that these goods are cursed, the shop is very popular.
“In traditional Amazon River folklore, at night, an Amazon River Dolphin becomes a handsome young man who seduces girls, impregnates them, and then returns to the river in the morning to become a dolphin again.”