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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  • 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!
        • Manuel11/3/2013
          I think they didint sting the dolphins
          • Ina10/10/2013
            Cute but the dolphins Wherent doing it for fun they were getting stung
            • rachel8/26/2013
              i am obsessed with dolphins and when i found this video i thought that is was hilarious!
              • jacobn
                jacobn4/23/2013
                ha ha jellyfish that`s the dolphin`s sea
                • mirel3/20/2013
                  pretty cool
                  • no3/7/2013
                    no it would not
                    • Nancy 2/19/2013
                      Very interesting.I wonder if the jellyfish stings the dolphins?I wish I am better at throwing things like the dolphins.

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