This was the first time I have seen dolphins in the wild and what an experience it was. They are fabulous creatures. I didn’t realise there are 33 different types of dolphin. (Orcas, known as killer whales, are a species of dolphin.) Apparently around the coast of Cornwall 3 species are often seen, bottlenose, common and risso’s. We encountered the common dolphin; usually between 5 and 8 feet long, a fast inquisitive swimmer, that likes to do acrobats and jump clear of the water. These highly sociable marine mammals appeared to be just as happy to see us as we were to see them, or maybe that is just wishful thinking on my part.
Taken last Tuesday, a few miles out to sea off the north Cornish coast somewhere between Padstow and Tintagel. Boy, are they difficult to photograph, out of 80 photos I only got 8 decent ones and this photo was one of the best. It was a bit of a challenge as for most of the time I was using a standard 50mm lens; Nikon D800, 1/1250sec at f4.5, 1s0400.