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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  • jacobn
    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.
          • hanady2/12/2013
            that is awesome!!!!!!!!
            • rampage
              LOL go dolphins i hate jellyfish
              • tofu13
                sad for jellyfish
                • abcdefghijklmno
                  • s1439091/29/2013
                    • s139091/25/2013
                      dont they get stung


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