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Dolphin herd leaps out of turquoise sea off Cornwall in stunning drone footage [Video]

Dolphin herd leaps out of turquoise sea off Cornwall in stunning drone footage

  • The dolphins were spotted frolicking near the coast at Porthminster, St Ives
  • Videographer Ricky Vitulli, 53, said the cetaceans looked like ‘dancing fairies’
  • He made the stunning drone footage on January 21 after a tip from his wife
  • Just days earlier, on January 18, a pod of nearly 300 dolphins was spotted in St Ives



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Stunning drone footage has captured a pod of dolphins swimming off the coast of Cornwall.

Videographer Ricky Vitulli filmed more than a dozen cetaceans, which he likened to “dancing fairies.”

His video shows the dolphins leaping out of the turquoise water, as they travel in a pod.

A pod of dolphins swimming near the coast at Porthminster, St Ives, Cornwall was captured on January 21 and looked like 'dancing fairies' as they leaped out of the water

A pod of dolphins swimming near the coast at Porthminster, St Ives, Cornwall was captured on January 21 and looked like ‘dancing fairies’ as they leaped out of the water

The 53-year-old learned about the group of dolphins from his wife Jenny, who called him after spotting cetaceans off the coast of Porthminster, St Ives, Cornwall.

Mr Vitulli said: ‘I had just finished work when my wife called me to say there was a pod of dolphins near the beach.

‘I didn’t expect it at all because I was busy with other work.

“I had my drone with a camera attached and thought it would be great to film the dolphins because they looked really nice.”

Animal lovers were quick to praise the beautiful images from last Friday.

Videographer Ricky Vitulli, 53, captured the drone footage after his wife told him about reports of a pod of dolphins frolicking off the coast of St Ives

Videographer Ricky Vitulli, 53, captured the drone footage after his wife told him about reports of a pod of dolphins frolicking off the coast of St Ives

Videographer Ricky Vitulli, 53, captured the drone footage after his wife told him about reports of a pod of dolphins frolicking off the coast of St Ives

Jean Ingerson said: ‘What a beautiful sight and great photo.’

Jo Humphrys added: ‘Beautiful to see them from above, thanks for sharing.’

Just a few days earlier (Jan. 18), a pod of about 300 dolphins was sighted in St Ives Bay in a ‘food frenzy’, reports Cornwall Live.

The animals are said to have “circled an underwater food source,” leading to the sight of dolphins skipping and diving out of the water, while birds flocked from above to join the feast.

There have been more than 75 sightings of humpback whales off the coast of Cornwall as of 2019, as the Cornwall Wildlife Trust reports that a growing number of cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises) are appearing off the English coast.

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