Video Credit: CEN/@sernapesca
This is the adorable moment a pod of around 30 dolphins join marine cops on patrol as they leap in the air next to their boat.
According to Chile’s Centre of Investigation for Marine Fauna and Cetacean Sightings (Cifamac), the bay off the port city of Antofagasta in the north of the country has started to see cetaceans move into the area to feed.
They have told the port authority and boat users to take care so as not to collide with marine wildlife.
Picture Credits: CEN/@sernapesca
After the National Service of Fishing and Aquaculture (Sernapesca) posted the video on social media showing around 30 dolphins swimming off the coast, Cifamac officials have suggested keeping a safe distance of 50 metres.
Cifamac researcher Ana Garcia told local media: “It is regulated by law that persons cannot approach marine animals in the area any closer than 50 metres so as not to cause disturbance or possible collision.”
She added: “Small and fast vehicles such as jet skis can also collide or run over dolphins.”
Sernapesca posted the video to social media with the message: “Thirty bottlenose dolphins wanted to accompany us during our patrol in the La Rinconada Marine Reserve. They took advantage of ‘lunch’ and continued to Caleta Juan Lopez.”
Cetaceans, any member of an aquatic group of mammals commonly known as whales, dolphins and porpoises, have 89 known living species today.
Netizen ‘Rata Blanca’ commented: “What a beauty video, just lovely.”
‘Mia’ added: “They should be protected from the world’s deadliest predator, humans!”