a dolphin tale

Do dolphins mate in spring ? If so, these ones started a couple of days early, probably the males idea but they did all seem to be getting along swimmingly (did you see what I did there ?).

I had just finished my walk along the coast and was pretty happy with the amazing skies that the sunrise had dealt up when I noticed a splash just below the cliff where I had parked.
It took all for a second to realise it was dolphins and the usual panic set in as you only get a couple of shots with dolphins, they seem to have a pretty full diary.

Not this time though, right from the first moment I knew I was watching something different, probably something I shouldn’t be watching and definitely something that shouldn’t be screened before 8:30 pm on TV.

At first I thought they were feeding on something but as they stayed in the same spot and continued to slide over each other, it became apparent that something else was going on, that and the occasional flash of pink penis which was a bit of a give away.

The sequence seemed to run with a bit of showing off, “look how far I can get my tail out of the water”, followed by jelly wrestling which was also a bit of a stacks on scenario where everyone joined in.
Then came the swimming on their backs, this obviously made it easier to cuddle during sex but with several swimming underneath at once, jousting for pole position I’m not sure how you’d know who the father was.

Success seemed to be followed by a lot of splashing and a couple of good bites and then the whole thing started over.
The odd one would drift off, floating on their back pretending to have a cigarette but would soon return to the mêlée.
A couple of the dolphins seemed quite pink on their underside, not sure if this is breeding plumage or just a hot flush from overexertion.

This went on for over an hour in the same spot below me before they all cruised off across the bay in a search for a cup of coffee and a chat about what colour to paint the nursery.

look how far I can get my tail out of the water

look how far I can get my tail out of the water

jousting

jousting

not really sure what's going on here

not really sure what’s going on here

nice tail swirl

nice tail swirl

the cuddle

the cuddle

flash of pink

flash of pink

bit of a bite

bit of a bite

hot flush

hot flush

cigarette time

cigarette time

let's go for coffee

let’s go for coffee