Playful dolphins surprise jet skier by leaping out of the water and darting underneath him in the sea off Brighton
- Nicholas Coleman, 31, filmed the pod of dolphins a mile from the Brighton coast
- Two young dolphins and two adults played beside his jet ski as he rode along
- First time he has seen dolphins off the south coast in three years of jet skiing
A lucky jet skier was visited by a pod of dolphins who swam beside him in the sea off West Sussex yesterday afternoon.
Nicholas Coleman, 31, from Shoreham-by-Sea, filmed the ocean dwellers as they followed his jet ski in the water.
The avid jet skier took a video of the two adult and two baby dolphins just a mile off Brighton, at around 1pm on Tuesday as temperatures in the south of England soared to nearly 80F.
Nicholas Coleman, 31, spots a pod of two adult dolphins and two babies by the coast of Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, yesterday
The dolphins swim underwater in front of Mr Coleman’s jet ski after breaching the water to his left
The dolphins break the waves just a few feet to the left of Mr Coleman’s jet ski as he points out the ‘babies’ and ‘big ones’.
They swim under the jet ski and dance in front of the ski’s nose as he whoops in excitement.
Mr Coleman slows down the jet ski to avoid hitting the animals and take in the rare sighting.
The dolphins then dart to the right of the ski, breaking the waves again before disappearing into the sea.
A dolphin comes right up to the jet ski and breaches the water before diving under with the rest of the pod
Mr Coleman took the video of the dolphins a mile off the coast of Brighton as UK temperatures soared close to 80F on Tuesday
Mr Coleman said: ‘This is the first time I have seen dolphins of the south coast of England in three years of owning a jetski.’
Last year, members of Sussex Yacht Club, based in Brighton Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, spotted a pod of dolphins near Southwick power station.
Club member Lauren Willis saw the pod at around 9am on June 2 by her boat, while tug boaters also spotted dolphins by Newhaven Port earlier in April 2019.