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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  • awesome12/17/2012
    WOW!!! That's awesome!!
    • Mr.Awesomeness12/17/2012
      That is so EPIC!!!!!
      • imdabomb
        imdabomb11/1/2012
        Poor jellyfish? Thats hilarious though...
        • christian10/25/2012
          how come they dont get stung
          • whiteunicorn
            whiteunicorn10/21/2012
            THAT WAS SO ROFL
            • SunnySurfer10/20/2012
              That is really cool!
              • mwithrow
                mwithrow8/28/2012
                that was so lol
                • mwithrow
                  mwithrow8/28/2012
                  that was so awsome!
                  • $KiZo7/7/2012
                    DUDE THAT WAS COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL
                    • hi6/12/2012
                      dolphins are so cool

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