Since sharing the footage, friends have been in touch to share information about this dolphin and social solitary dolphins in general. This particular dolphin is known as John, and has been spotted in Hayle, St Ives and Newquey over the past few weeks. He has approached swimmers near the shore and has playfully made his presence known, astonishing onlookers and bathers.
There is a serious side to these seemingly innocent encounters, as highlighted by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue.
‘Advice includes not purposely going into the water to play with it, to not feed it, to keep boats moving at a steady course and speed and to avoid chasing and fast manoeuvres.’
This is due to the fact that social solitary Dolphins are unpredictable creatures and can turn aggressive, they are also in danger of becoming used to human interaction and swimming close to beaches, making them less likely to return to their herd and increasing the chance of them being killed/injured by boat propellers.
Hopefully we can continue to appreciate our dolphin friends from a distance, and enjoy the memories from a rare close encounter!