Featured Image Credit:Slater Moore Photography/Moneterey Bay Whale Watch
You’re absolutely going to flip over this dolphin’s daring display.
Monterey Bay Whale Watch is based out of Southern California and once again they leave us stunned with some incredible footage from a recent outing.
Slater Moore, a photographer for Monterey Bay Whale Watch, managed to spot a Pacific white-sided dolphin doing several seriously impressive backflips. Moore was able to easily identify the cetacean thanks to their “creamy white bellies and side.”
The whale watching company took to their Facebook page to share the 10:00 AM show.
For the crowd on board, the dolphins display was absolutely dazzling. Moore told GrindTV, “People were shocked because most people don’t think of dolphins doing flips in the wild.”
Pacific white-sided dolphins are known for their playful nature and this particular dolphin was just one from a pod of about 400.
Nancy Black is not only the owner of Monterey Bay Whale Watch, but also a Pacific white-sided dolphin expert. During a recent American Cetacean Society conference, Black noted that this is the only dolphin species in the Northern Hemisphere that backflips regularly.
A close cousin of the Pacific white-sided dolphin, the dusky dolphin, is known for their equally extravagant surface behaviors in the Southern Hemisphere.