This video shows the extraordinary moment a pod of dolphins put on a show for a group of wildlife watchers.
The footage captured by Jeff Reines was taken today (September 20) after Jeff and his family took a trip out with AK Wildlife Cruises Falmouth.
He said: ”It was touch-and-go right up to the day, with COVID restrictions and variable weather.
”But everything came together perfectly and, although it rained as we were boarding, the sun came out and the sea was flat.”
With initial reservations regarding the wildlife sight seeing tour, Jeff didn’t expect to see anything other than ”a few sea birds and couple of seals”, until the first fins appeared in the distance.
He said: ”We raced over, obviously slowing down when near, but we didn’t have to go to them because the dolphins came to us. It was extraordinary.
”They were swimming all around the boat and we took turns standing on the bow in small groups and they literally played right under our feet. Totally majestic.”
Up, close and personal – the dolphins were only “meters away and it felt like you could reach out and touch them”.
The trip last approximately 4-hours off the Roseland where they passed stunning beaches before heading out to sea.
Jeff added: ”My daughter was amazed and smiling ear to ear. We won’t forget it in a hurry.”
5 facts you may not have known about common dolphins
1) There are several recognised species of common dolphin around the world. The ones in New Zealand are known as the short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis).
2) They are one of the only dolphins which are tricolour – grey, white and yellow in a distinctive hourglass pattern.
3) They are also quite a small species of dolphin, growing to around 2.5m and a weight of 200kg.
4) The common dolphin can be seen in groups of different sizes from small groups of 20-30 animals to groups joining together to form super- or megapods which can result in thousands of animals.
5) Dolphins produce lots of different sounds to communicate with each other and locate food. If you listen closely, you can sometimes hear them whistling to each other.