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Old 30 October 2005, 18:27   #1
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Solent Dolphin

Went for a trip to the needles on Sat, just past Yarmouth we saw a dolphin, it was realy keen on the boat especially at speed, following us feet from the prop. Darting under the boat and next to the boat so close you could probably have touched it. Another rib turned up on a boat handling course ... and so that gave us chance to get some pics.

A top day out on the solent yet again! I do hope that dolphin does not kill itself, as I said it gets so close to boats props.
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Old 30 October 2005, 18:31   #2
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Absolutely stunning photos Andy & Ricky!

Sure ye didn't cut & paste that dolphin?

Really, really beautiful.

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Well this time the photos where taken by another mate (John Goodall), Ricky was watching ManUnited that day, I was driving the RIB trying not to drive over the mad thing.
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Looks like it has a bit of a passion for RIBs alright.
Amazing.

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Awesome pics - that dolphin looks huge!!!

I was always worried about the danger to the dolphins as well but they are far from dull and as long as you don't make any sudden moves they are fine - a bit like the sheep dogs that chase cars all the time!!!
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I do hope that dolphin does not kill itself, as I said it gets so close to boats props.
That dolphin will out manoeuvre you a thousand time over - don't worry about it getting hurt.

Apart from large sharks and killer whales - fishing nets and deliberate hunting by man are a dolphins only dangers.
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Excellent pics. Sizeable chap, isn't he?

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did you guys who took the pics of the dolphins set off from ichenor on the saturday? if you did then richard and myself passed you in the afternoon i believe
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Dolphin

We had a solphire exercise today in the mid and western Solent.

For about 30 mins our small yankee boat had some assistance in his search with the dolphin, at times, in touching distance.

Whilst retrieving the yankee, the dolphin spent most of this exercise alongside the Lifeboat.

There have been several dolphins, and seals in the Solent for many years now.

This one is paticularly friendly but, do not be to bold, it is wild and can give a nasty bite, even though it may only be a friendly gesture.

Also, let it live its life without to much interference.
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