Surfing dolphins via drone

Surfing dolphins via drone

Researcher Dave Riggs captured the unique and surreal footage recently while spying for sharks above the breakers at Esperance, in Western Australia.

“I’m basically using a Phantom drone to look for white sharks off the southern WA coastline,” Riggs explained via email. “I came across the pod of bottlenose dolphins just west of Esperance … there were well over 100 in the group.”

The footage reveals an interesting look at the dynamics at play when dolphins decide a surf session is in order.

As viewers can see, the mammals wait for waves in a manner similar to surfers, by simply milling about in the lineup.

 

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