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Common Dolphins

Common Dolphins

Common Dolphins


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.


8 responses

  1. Awesome! They are incredibly intelligent animals! 33 different types!… that’s a lot more than I thought!

    September 13, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    • Thanks Thomas. It was a privilege to see the dolphins – they appear to be always smiling.

      September 16, 2014 at 6:38 pm

  2. leecleland

    Wonderful shots. Sometimes it just pays to keep shooting and I think 8 out of 80 is pretty good scoring whilst out to sea on a rocking boat.

    September 13, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    • Thanks Lee. You’re right, I should have taken more photos!

      September 16, 2014 at 6:44 pm

  3. great focus and color

    September 14, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    • Thanks Thom. Most of my shots were out of focus but I did manage to get the odd one in focus.

      September 16, 2014 at 6:50 pm

  4. A wonderful shot Martin!

    September 18, 2014 at 11:06 am

    • Thanks Adrian.

      September 19, 2014 at 12:04 am

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