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!


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  • Dolphin loverMonday, December 2, 2013 at 5:02 pm
    jellyfish, watch out!
    • ManuelSunday, November 3, 2013 at 5:52 pm
      I think they didint sting the dolphins
      • InaThursday, October 10, 2013 at 8:54 am
        Cute but the dolphins Wherent doing it for fun they were getting stung
        • rachelMonday, August 26, 2013 at 4:39 pm
          i am obsessed with dolphins and when i found this video i thought that is was hilarious!
          • jacobn
            jacobnTuesday, April 23, 2013 at 12:24 pm
            ha ha jellyfish that`s the dolphin`s sea
            • mirelWednesday, March 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm
              pretty cool
              • noThursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm
                no it would not
                • Nancy Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 7:00 am
                  Very interesting.I wonder if the jellyfish stings the dolphins?I wish I am better at throwing things like the dolphins.
                  • hanadyTuesday, February 12, 2013 at 1:46 pm
                    that is awesome!!!!!!!!
                    • rampage
                      rampageMonday, February 11, 2013 at 7:02 am
                      LOL go dolphins i hate jellyfish


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