Dol­phins seen frol­ick­ing in play­ful surf dis­play

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A pod of play­ful dol­phins put on a show for on­look­ers when they where cap­tured catch­ing waves at Cheyne Beach at the week­end.

Rae­line Smith caught the show on camera, which fea­tured 15-20 bot­tlenose dol­phins riding the crests of the waves as they rolled in to shore.

De­part­ment of Parks and Wildlife South Coast wildlife of­fi­cer Peter Collins said it was not known why dol­phins surfed waves.

“It’s quite pos­si­bly a learned be­hav­iour, with the older an­i­mals teach­ing the young,” he said. “A num­ber of ma­rine mam­mals do quite ac­ro­bat­ic­type be­hav­iours and it has been dis­cussed they might be rid­ding them­selves of par­a­sites.

“But look­ing at (the) photo, it’s more gen­tle it looks like a learned be­hav­iour they en­joy.”

Bot­tlenose dol­phins are com­mon along the south coast and Mr Collins said the vary­ing ages of the mam­mals was promis­ing

“These is a num­ber of age classes in the wave, which is en­cour­ag­ing,” he said.

“There is a lot of young an­i­mals around, which is a good sign the pop­u­la­tion is healthy.”

Picture: Rae­line Smith RJSPho­tographs

Dol­phins at Cheyne Beach.

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