Amazing photo shows bottlenose dolphin entertaining RNLI crew members

Two Scarborough lifeboat crew had a nice surprise while out fishing on Tuesday (May 19).

By Corinne Macdonald
Thursday, 21st May 2020, 12:03 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st May 2020, 12:04 pm

John Huntley and Dave Grieves were treated to an hour-long display by a large pod of bottlenose dolphins.

John said there were two groups of about a dozen animals each.

He said: “They were knocking about for nearly an hour, between about 5pm and 6pm”.

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John Huntley and Dave Grieves are treated to a display from a pod of bottlenose dolphins. Picture and copyright: Stuart Baines, Scarborough Porpoise.

This stunning photo of John and Dave was taken by Stuart Baines, who runs the Scarborough Porpoise Facebook page, and has been shared nearly 600 times.

John explained the odd-looking splash which can be seen next to the dolphin. Another dolphin had breached a second or two earlier, right alongside.

Stuart Baines explained on social media: “The dolphins are totally unpredictable as to when they will be off any particular piece of coastline. P

"lease do not drive to the coast in the hope of seeing them as it is unlikely you will. Please always ensure you socially distance."

Stuart is an assistant regional coordinator for the Sea Watch Foundation in Yorkshire. SWF is a national charity working hard to improve the conservation and protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises in British and Irish waters.

It monitors numbers and locations of whales, dolphins and porpoises around the UK through a network of over 1,000 observers.

They gain valuable knowledge of the health of the marine environment and insight into the effects of chemical pollution, noise disturbance, over-fishing, accidental capture in fishing gear and climate change.

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