Frolicking Dolphins

by Dr Melinda Coleman

Batemans Marine Park research scientist Dr Melinda Coleman said an ordinary morning on the water turned into something special last week when she and her colleagues came upon Bottle nose dolphins frolicking and mating.

'It was a rare opportunity to witness mating behavior in the wild. The dolphins were completely oblivious of onlookers and frolicked together chasing, rubbing and splashing before finally coming together ‘belly to belly’ for a romantic interlude.

We initially thought the pod of around 15 dolphins was feeding in the shallow waters, but when they swam closer we quickly realized there was more going on! It was quite amazing to see nature in action.'

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