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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  • 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)
      • Dolphin LoverFriday, December 20, 2013 at 2:50 pm
        Meet you at the dolphin's team tryouts! LOL.
        • Dolphin LoverFriday, December 20, 2013 at 2:48 pm
          dolphins are having fun but play nice! I should give them a nice long lecture on not to torture the not smart and defense less!
          • ludog02
            ludog02Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm
            cool omg lol fot the teens
            • ludog02
              ludog02Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 12:25 pm
              cool its so cute
              • ludog02
                ludog02Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 12:24 pm
                • CoolWednesday, December 18, 2013 at 12:21 pm
                  Cool! That is amazing on how dolphins do something like that!
                  • whyWednesday, December 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm
                    • kell-bell
                      kell-bellWednesday, December 18, 2013 at 11:07 am
                      omg! cute!

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