A pod of around 30 bottlenose dolphins has been filmed playing in the clear blue seas off the Devon coastline.
The south west is lucky to have the resident pod which is often filmed around Tor Bay, Labrador Bay and Lyme Bay.
Yesterday’s Devon Sea Safari wildlife tour out of Teignmouth witnessed the whole pod swimming and jumping out of the water alongside the Humber RIB for several minutes.
Devon Sea Safari said: “Our Labrador Bay wildlife tour today was lucky with a large pod of about 30 dolphins. “
The tour also counted 46 black and white Manx Shearwaters, which are a fairly rare sighting in Torbay.
It’s the second time in recent weeks that the dolphin pod has been filmed locally.
Michael Covell, of Exmouth, also came across the pod as they swam near the giant cruise ships anchored off Thatcher Rok in Torquay.
The South West Bottlenose Dolphin Consortium, a partnership of stakeholders lead by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, was set up in 2016 to gather information about the local pod.
The consortium collates records and photos of bottlenose dolphin encounters from the general public, with reports coming from ferries, marine tour operators, charitable organisations, land-based observers and other interested parties.
An amazing amount of information was gathered during this research, unfortunately highlighting that this small population is at severe risk of local extinction and that much more work was needed for their effective conservation.