It’s game over for this school of salmon! Most fishing vessels know that when they see dolphins lurking around the boat, the pesky mammals are waiting for an easy snack. Fisherman grunt and groan at the sight of the porpoises. Oddly, the salmon probably feel quite similar.
An Australian drone operator posted a video to Instagram recently showcasing a wild dolphin chase. The school of dolphins close in on what appears to be a black, circular mass of salmon. Poor, unsuspecting creatures! They have no idea what’s racing right at them. Albeit, the sight is beautiful. The salmon move and turn in the turquoise water as the dolphins rush into their cluster.
With each twist and turn, the dolphins attempt to grab a hearty meal. The salmon race for a grouping of rocks, out of reach of the dolphins’ clutch.
The scene goes on for several minutes. It is only more exciting because the narrator shouts excitedly, “Run, Salmon, run!” as the flippers race towards their school.
Additionally heartwarming, the narrator notes a tiny dolphin pup racing alongside its parent. He notably calls out the “cute little tucker” in the video.
White Dolphin Shows Off
In another display of absolute beauty, a white dolphin made its rounds around Monterey in recent weeks. It showed off its stunning and rare beauty in a series of photos that were captured.
The dolphin, aptly named Casper, was thought to be an albino at first. However, the creatures was studied in more detail and it was found that Casper has leucism, which is a recessive gene that causes dolphins to turn white.
“It’s still unconfirmed. With leucism, you’ll usually see more natural pigment on them, whereas with albinism, it’s a pure white animal. There are a few other dolphins in the world that are white with patches of pigment on them, so we know for sure they’re leucistic, but on Casper, we haven’t seen the patches. Casper is pretty white,” Eric Austin Yee, a naturalist from Discovery Whale Watch said.
The expert added:
“Albinism usually causes other health issues that make survival difficult (such as skin issues due to sun exposure). Also, being bright white in the ocean makes you highly visible, kind of being like a giant ‘EAT ME’ sign, you are highly visible to predators.”
While many hope Casper lives and enjoys the bay for a long time, one thing is sure. She’s definitely given tourists a beautiful sight to see.