Playful dolphins race Devon paddleboarder back to shore

A paddleboarder has filmed a close encounter with a pod of playful dolphins off the coast of Brixham - joining them in a race back towards shore. A small group of the majestic mammals was spotted off Berry Head.

Exeter-based The Dolphin Lady posted the footage on her Facebook page and shared it with DevonLive. She said: "After what felt like a very long winter, I went out for my first paddle of the year last night.

"I decided to head out to Berry Head after carefully checking out the tides and currents." She feared she was too late to see the animals but stayed on the water to enjoy beautiful, serene conditions and watch guillemots fly overhead.


"Patience paid off as I watched a small pod of dolphins heading out to Torquay," she added. "Common dolphins are generally quite playful and nosey so I decided to up my speed and started paddling back to shore as fast as I could.

"Before I knew it I had two dolphins on each side of my paddle board, one under it and one in front of it. The memory will stay with me forever."

It is not the first time The Dolphin Lady, real name Isabelle O'Shea, has filmed sea creatures in their natural element. As her self-confessed obsession, she has previously shared a close encounter with a pod of 25-30 dolphins.

She said: “Berry Head is the best place to paddleboard and see them, but the currents are quite dangerous, so I’m limited to the amount of time I can go.

“But I also see them in Brixham or Labrador Bay.”

She has also previously shared Incredible video footage of RNLI heroes rescuing a humpback whale in Cornwall. The massive mammal, which had been seen locally before and named Ivy, had become trapped in lobster pot lines in Mount's Bay.

She said: "Brave lifeboat volunteers rescue entangled humpback whale in Mount's Bay.

"In very rough conditions and in peril from the distressed whale, they were able to free it from the ropes and stayed with it as it gathered itself before going on its way. Massive thanks and respect to the four crew members involved."

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