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Dolphins make a splash off the Isle of Wight

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 8:50

A PLAYFUL pod of around 20 dolphins was captured on camera leaping out of the water at Freshwater Bay this week.

Photographer Sam Scadgell, of the Isle of Wight Postcard Company, spent half-an-hour photographing the dolphins as they leapt and dived in and out of the water just a few hundred yards offshore.

Sam, who also runs the Piano Cafe at Freshwater, said: "It’s such a rare sight — as soon as I heard they had been spotted I grabbed my camera. I have never photographed dolphins before and didn’t want to miss the opportunity.

"They were playing around just a few hundred yards off the cliffs between Freshwater and Compton Bay. I photographed them for 30 minutes before they swam out to sea."

Sam said the dolphins came within 20 yards of a paddleboarder who had taken to the water to get a closer look.

"He splashed his hand in the water and they came towards him and shot straight past!" he said.

It comes just a few weeks after what is thought to have been the first sighting of white-beaked dolphins in waters off the Isle of Wight.


Sam Scadgell Dolphins at Freshwater

A paddleboarder enjoys a great view of the dolphins at Freshwater. Picture by Sam Scadgell/Isle of Wight Postcard Company.


Dolphins at Freshwater by Sam Scadgell

Dolphins at Freshwater. Picture by Sam Scadgell/Isle of Wight Postcard Company.


 


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