Amazing pictures show dolphins putting on a show by rubbing shoulders with surfers

July 4, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

This is the moment a pod of dolphins stunned onlookers – after they were seen leaping from waves behind surfers.

Karen O'Dell’s stunning photo of a pod of dolphins leaping through a wave near St Ives while following a surfer (Karen O'Dell / SWNS)

Karen O’Dell’s stunning photo of a pod of dolphins leaping through a wave near St Ives while following a surfer (Karen O’Dell / SWNS)

Shocked photographer Karen O’Dell caught the playful creatures on camera at Porthmeor Beach at St Ives in Cornwall on Saturday.

The mother-of-three said she had never seen anything quite like it as the dolphins jumped from the sea as surfers caught waves.

(Karen O'Dell / SWNS)

(Karen O’Dell / SWNS)

“I was at the beach with my three children, a friend and her child,” the 38-year-old said. “Our children surf but it was really high tide.

“My children were in their wetsuits playing in the sea when we saw the dolphins.

(Karen O'Dell / SWNS)

(Karen O’Dell / SWNS)

“At first we just saw them flipping out, then they came really close – they were playing with the surfers and jumping in the waves.

“I would say there were between five and ten of them. It was spectacular to watch.”

(Karen O'Dell / SWNS)

(Karen O’Dell / SWNS)

Karen, from St Ives in Cornwall, added: “The pictures I got were good but it does not recapture the feeling of seeing them amongst the waves – it was just amazing.

“I’ve never seen dolphins that close before.”

(Karen O'Dell / SWNS)

(Karen O’Dell / SWNS)

Karen’s three children – Harvey, 11, Oakley, six, and Elsie, three – didn’t get too close to the dolphins due to the rough tide but the surfers were enjoying the animals’ company.

“One of the pictures shows a dolphin right behind a surfer,” the full-time photographer added. “They were having a great time.”

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