Some special fin! A pod of dolphins appear to delight sailors as they swim in the Dart River

Some special fin! A pod of dolphins appear to delight sailors as they swim from the sea into the River Dart

  • A large pod of dolphins have been spotted between Dartmouth and Kingswear, Devon in the River Dart
  • Aquatic mammals swam to the boats and stayed near the sailors for an hour as they hunted for prey
  • Some of the more curious dolphins swam the 47-mile river and were seen by locals in the town of Dartmouth

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A group of young sailors took advantage of a rather different ‘fin’ after a pod of dolphins swam to their boat as they floated in a quiet harbor.

They were delighted when the large pod invaded the River Dart between Dartmouth and Kingswear, Devon on Saturday morning.

Undeterred by encountering humans, the friendly mammals swam up to them and seemed very comfortable around the canoes.

A group of young sailors took advantage of the rare moment to see dolphins up close as they swam in the Dart River on Saturday

Aquatic mammals swam in a pod of at least nine dolphins between Dartmouth and Kingswear in Devon for over an hour

Aquatic mammals swam in a pod of at least nine dolphins between Dartmouth and Kingswear in Devon for over an hour

The friendly mammals swam close to the boats and stayed with the sailors for an hour as they hunted for fish

The friendly mammals swam close to the boats and stayed with the sailors for an hour as they hunted for fish

Photographer Andy Kyle captured the moment and observed that aquatic mammals remained near sailors for over an hour as they hunted for fresh fish.

Other boaters also enjoyed extremely close encounters as the most curious dolphins made their way up the 47-mile-long river and were even seen by locals in the town of Dartmouth.

These young sailors were going to enjoy themselves because the rare sighting of a group of dolphins frequently approached them in the water.

These young sailors were going to enjoy themselves because the rare observation of a group of dolphins frequently approached them in the water.

At least nine dolphins can be seen in this photo taken Saturday afternoon of the visiting pod by Andy Kyle

At least nine dolphins can be seen in this photograph taken Saturday afternoon of the visiting pod by Andy Kyle

Sailors were careful to maintain their speed and distance around the dolphins, who swam very close to their boats

Sailors were careful to maintain their speed and distance around the dolphins, who swam very close to their boats

Passengers aboard this car-carrying vessel enthusiastically watched the very unusual sight of dolphins in the River Dart

Passengers aboard this car-carrying vessel enthusiastically watched the very unusual sight of dolphins in the River Dart

Even this large ferry didn't scare off the aquatic mammals, who appeared to be exceptionally friendly as they hunted for their prey.

Even this large ferry didn’t scare off the aquatic mammals, who appeared to be exceptionally friendly as they hunted for their prey.

Dolphins are frequently sighted along the coast and can occasionally venture into the estuary.

They mostly travel in groups, also known as pods, which can hold anywhere from two to thirty dolphins, although some superpods are known to hold 100 or even several thousand dolphins.

As social mammals, pods help ensure that dolphins swim together, protect each other, and hunt as a team for food.


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