Dolphins Play 'Tail Soccer' With Jellyfish

By Meera Dolasia on October 18, 2009

Ever wondered what bottle-nosed dolphins do for fun? Marine Biologists observing the fun-loving mammals, were stunned to see them playing a game of soccer - Using bright pink jellyfish as balls.

The dolphins were caught in action at Cardigan Bay, off the coast of Wales by scientists from the Sea Watch Foundation and Marine Awareness, who were observing their behavior as they gather here to breed and feed for the summer.

The dolphins swam under water and then with a flick of their tails, tossed the round-blobs up into the air. While they didn't 'score' every time, when they did succeed, the poor jellyfish were tossed up as high as six-feet!.

While scientists had never seen this before, they believe it is something these fish have been doing for a long time and may explain why they do such a good job with real balls at Sea-Parks around the world.

While the dolphins seem to be having a blast, the same couldn't be said about the jellyfish, which often die as a result of these impromptu soccer matches!

sources: sundayexpress.com, dailymail.co.uk

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  • Dolphin Lover12/20/2013
    dolphins are having fun but play nice! I should give them a nice long lecture on not to torture the not smart and defense less!
    • ludog02
      ludog0212/18/2013
      cool omg lol fot the teens
      • ludog02
        ludog0212/18/2013
        cool its so cute
        • ludog02
          ludog0212/18/2013
          cool
          • Cool12/18/2013
            Cool! That is amazing on how dolphins do something like that!
            • why12/18/2013
              cool
              • kell-bell
                kell-bell12/18/2013
                omg! cute!
                • ramireza
                  ramireza12/18/2013
                  Love it there so cute and funny ! :)
                  • Dolphin lover12/2/2013
                    football or soccer?? The dolphins should have a team name!!
                    • Dolphin lover12/2/2013
                      jellyfish, watch out!

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