A family of dolphins play with kayakers off West Cork
The water was turquoise and the sky a deep blue – on Saturday the West Cork coast could have been any Mediterranean country. And it seems that a pod of dolphins agrees, who have taken to the water in search of playmates.
Photographer Dan Lettice was on hand with his drone to capture this spectacular sequence of a family of dolphins leaping into the water between three kayakers. The images were taken off Long Strand near Clonakilty; a well known spot for dolphin watching during the warmer months.
Make sure you watch until the end – Dan says if you look closely you can make out a mother dolphin and her cub.
Lettice says: “Last Saturday morning was a perfect morning for whale watching from the shore, calm and calm. I went to see my usual vantage point at Cloghna Head, overlooking the Rosscarbery and Long Strand areas. not even parked the car when I saw that the whole bay, from Galley Head to High Island, was alive with common dolphins, 150-200 animals. Luckily some were a few hundred yards from shore. “
Two weeks ago Dan captured this spectacular streak of basking sharks swimming in the waters of the west coast.
Basking sharks with kayaker Paul Cleary this morning off Red Strand #WestCork. Better full screen display. They are the 2nd largest fish on the planet. The biggest shark here is about 20 feet long. #Cork #Ireland @BaskingIrish @IWDGnews @wildatlanticway @theskibeagle @CorksRedFM @ Corks96FM pic.twitter.com/jSjTKy9Lu3
– Intothewild Ireland (@ intothewild45) April 20, 2021