Aerial footage of dolphins playing with kayakers in Cork
Irishman Daniel Lettice captured stunning footage of rather mischievous dolphins while filming off Co Cork on May 1.
Lettice, a wildlife photographer and whale-watcher from West Cork, shared the drone footage he filmed off the Long Strand on his Twitter account, @ IntoTheWild45 the Saturday.
The Irishman told IrishCentral how these wonderful images came to be: “Last Saturday morning (May 1) was a perfect morning for whale watching from the shore – flat, calm.
“Went to see my usual vantage point at Cloghna Head, overlooking the Rosscarbery and Long Strand areas.
“I hadn’t even parked the car when I saw that the entire bay, from Galley Head to High Island, was living with common dolphins, 150 to 200 animals. Fortunately, some were a few hundred yards from shore.
“The three kayakers came to paddle, I launched the drone and took the images.
“I have seen tons of whales and dolphins in West Cork over the past 15 years, but it never gets old. It upsets me every time I see them. “
Common dolphin with kayakers, Saturday morning, off Long Strand, #WestCork. Well worth a 1.5 min watch! Best big screen. Watch out for the mother-calf pair. Enjoy! #Cork #Ireland #WildAtlanticWay @theskibeagle @CiaraRevins @ Corks96FM @irishexaminer @CorksRedFM @Independent_ie pic.twitter.com/FnM8JirePP
– Intothewild Ireland (@ intothewild45) May 3, 2021
Shortly before meeting the playful dolphins, Lettice shared other stunning images of basking sharks coming into close contact with kayaker Paul Cleary off the Red Strand, also along the West Cork coast:
Basking sharks with kayaker Paul Cleary this morning off Red Strand #WestCork. Better full screen display. They are the 2nd largest fish on the planet. The biggest shark here is about 20 feet long. #Cork #Ireland @BaskingIrish @IWDGnews @wildatlanticway @theskibeagle @CorksRedFM @ Corks96FM pic.twitter.com/jSjTKy9Lu3
– Intothewild Ireland (@ intothewild45) April 20, 2021