Wild Dolphin Encounter at Shelly Beach, Manly

You never know when the ocean might throw up some magical experiences, and this morning around 6am we got one of the best when a wild little dolphin frolicked with swimmers and paddlers in the shallows of Shelly Beach in Manly. As more swimmers joined they squealed with laughter as the dolphin rubbed up against them, or swam in circles around them … and no-one squealed more than Yours Truly when the little cetacean rubbed up against my surfski, flipping over to rub its belly on my dangling foot! An experience hard to put into words, but a reminder of the amazing wonders of the ocean. Cheers, FP

The little dolphin looking up at me

The little dolphin looking up at me

That brief moment when you're not sure it's a dolphin!

That brief moment when you’re not sure it’s a dolphin!

The dolphin did laps amongst the ocean swimmers

The dolphin did laps amongst the ocean swimmers

Frolicking with the ocean swimmers

Frolicking with the ocean swimmers

The dolphin came up to look at my Hayden surfski

The dolphin came up to look at my Hayden surfski

The dolphin rubbed it's belly across my dangling foot

The dolphin rubbed it’s belly across my dangling foot

The dolphin watched us from below

The dolphin watched us from below

Hard to say if it was foraging for food or looking for kelp to play with

Hard to say if it was foraging for food or looking for kelp to play with

Surfskis at Shelley Beach after the dolphin session ended.

Surfskis at Shelley Beach after the dolphin session ended.

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