Dolphins spotted at Hengistbury Head thought to be part of larger group seen around Isle of Wight in recent weeks
A POD of frolicking dolphins near Hengistbury Head delighted sailors.
The graceful creatures somersaulted and swam alongside boats for several minutes last Friday afternoon.
They are thought to be part of a larger group of up to 20 dolphins which have been spotted around the Isle of Wight in recent weeks.
Milford resident Louise Wearn captured images of the playful pair. She said: “It was just incredible and very special because it was like they were doing a special show just for us.
“We were the only boat out there and when another came along they wouldn’t perform!”
Common dolphins can reach swimming speeds of around 30mph when chasing food. or bowriding alongside boats.
Known to be highly social, they usually live in groups, and can be frequently seen leaping from the water.
Local dolphin sightings should be reported to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.
A spokesperson for the charity said: “ If you meet common dolphins whilst at sea, maintain a distance of at least 100 metres, especially if calves are present. If the dolphins approach you, maintain a constant speed and allow them to interact on their own terms and leave at will.”