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.