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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  • catMonday, May 19, 2014 at 9:32 am
    • crazyk321
      crazyk321Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 3:37 pm
      that's awesome!
      • sackboy
        sackboyTuesday, May 6, 2014 at 8:23 am
        • nori989
          nori989Friday, May 2, 2014 at 10:27 am
          • mmills2
            mmills2Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 10:29 am
            i feel bad for the jellyfish but that is to cute
            • headream100
              headream100Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 4:27 pm
              Too bad for the jellyfish...
              • soccmarioshaanWednesday, March 19, 2014 at 5:55 pm
                • fireMonday, March 10, 2014 at 8:57 am
                  • dulce
                    dulceTuesday, February 11, 2014 at 10:19 am
                    awwww that was soooooooooo adorable love it but it was mean feel bad for jellyfish hage fan of soccer
                    • Dolphin LoverFriday, December 20, 2013 at 2:53 pm
                      I love Dolphins! (And my name I used)

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