One Cool Thing: Dolphins Are Back in the Potomac

Common bottlenose dolphins surface in the Potomac River near Reedville, Va. on Sept. 25. Image: Parker Michels-Boyce/WP

The Potomac River has had an unfortunate history of pollution but conservation efforts have certainly paid off. For the first time since sightings were recorded in the late 1800s, bottlenose dolphins have been spotted swimming in the Potomac! As the Washington Post reported, in 2015, scientists identified about 200 individuals in one section of river off Virginia’s Northern Neck. Now they have counted well over 1,000 dolphins, which sometimes congregate in groups of more than 200. We recommend that you check out the full article for more of this awesome conservation success story!

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