VIDEO: Watch incredible dolphin display in Bracklesham Bay

A family of dolphins surrounded a fishing boat in an amazing display of natural beauty in Bracklesham Bay.

Thursday, 10th August 2017, 2:09 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 6:25 pm
Two of the dolphins pictured swimming alongside the fishing boat

Helen Butler, her partner Terry Fuggle and their friend Steve King had no idea of the show they were in for when they set sail.

They headed for fishing grounds at Bracklesham Bay - and arrived to find themselves soon in the company of at least 20 dolphins.

“It was absolutely incredible,” said Helen.

Two of the dolphins pictured swimming alongside the fishing boat

“We spotted them a way off soon after we arrived but they didn’t seem interested in us.

“We were drifting fishing about a quarter-of-a-mile offshore, motoring back to the start point as the tide took us.

“The dolphins disappeared but later in the afternoon they were back - and much closer.

“They were swimming all around us - to the port side, starboard, forward and behind us - and they looked absolutely majestic. Steve and I both started filming them.

Terry Fuggle and Helen Butler

“Then as we motored back to the start point again, two of them took the lead in front of the bow. They were racing and they seemed to know exactly where the boat was behind them.

“They clearly absolutely adored being in the wash of the boat.”

Helen and Terry, who live in Cosham, had met up with Steve, from Aldershot, to take Terry’s boat the Lorna Ellen from the Fountain Lake Angling Club moorings near Whale Island out to Bracklesham Bay.

“We have been there often and have seen dolphins but never like this,” said Helen. “The water was so clear - we could see them beneath the waves as well as when they leapt out. I feel really privileged.”

Steve King

The unexpected show on Tuesday afternoon, August 8, led to a lack of concentration on the task in hand though.

“It wasn’t a great day’s fishing - I think we caught a couple of plaice!” added Helen.

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