Massive pod of Dusky dolphins delights kayaker in Kaikōura

Footage has emerged of kayakers in Kaikōura being joined by a massive pod of dolphins.

The Dusky dolphins appear to click happily as they swarm around each other in the delightful video, filmed by Ian Trafford.

The pod put on a show for photographer Mr Trafford, who stopped to marvel at the mammals jumping in the air, with the serene Kaikōura landscape in the background.

Dusky dolphins prefer shallow waters and are a relatively common sight in the region.

Up to 1000 dolphins can be seen in the coastal town at any given time all year-round, according to the Department of Conservation.

The dolphin sighting is a promising sign for Kaikōura ecosystem destroyed by the 2016 earthquake.

The area was previously known for large gatherings of seal pups and it was feared the destruction would endanger the species entirely.

Despite more than 100 seals dying following the quakes, the colony has been resilient.


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