Watch this spectacular video by Jaimen Hudson who has captured a large Dolphin pod surfing the waves at West Beach in Esperance, Western Australia.
Jaimen, an adventure sports lover, has always loved the ocean. In 2008, he had a motorcycle accident that left him a Quadriplegic and confined to a wheelchair. While diving and surfing was not possible anymore, he took up drone photography and videography. And as you can see, the results are stunning!
Dolphins – curious, playful and communicative!
Dolphins are social animals and they are known to group in pods (also called schools) of up to a dozen individuals while mating, hunting and protecting each other. They may live and travel in groups ranging from 2-40 dolphins, and on occasion pods as large as several hundred members have been found.
In the wild, dolphins are extremely curious. They often engage human contact, if a chance comes up. The advanced capabilities of dolphins to communicate together with their need for social interaction make dolphins a unique creature of nature.
A common example of dolphin social interaction and developed intelligence, is the constant play that dolphins seem to engage in.
Rules of Engagement
It is important to observe dolphins, as with all sea life, in a respectful way. Many countries, including the U.S., have strict restrictions about approach distances and even about being in the water around dolphins and whales. In countries that do allow in-water interactions, research the tour operators to assure they are reputable, responsible and knowledgeable about sustainable practices before you choose one.
Let the dolphins have their space and set their own comfort level. When they are at ease, they are more likely to approach us out of curiosity and stay around longer. Though the urge to reach out and “pet” them can be strong, doing so often ends the interaction sooner. Also dolphins have delicate skin that can be easily scratched by us. The best idea is to keep your hands to yourself, and watch the magic of nature at work.