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Kayaker is escorted by a pod of twenty leaping dolphins as he paddles in the sea off Devon

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'Are they after my tuna sandwiches?' Kayaker is escorted by a pod of twenty leaping dolphins as he paddles in the sea off Devon

  • The kayaker was surrounded by dolphins two mile from the South west coast
  • Rupert Kirkwood captured the pod of dolphins swimming with him in the sea
  • One athletic dolphin jumps high out of the water during the impressive sight 

By Claire Anderson For Mailonline

Published: 16:08 EDT, 13 September 2018 | Updated: 22:14 EDT, 13 September 2018

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This is the incredible moment a kayaker is surrounded by dolphins two miles offshore from the Devonshire coast in England.

Rupert Kirkwood captured the pod of dolphins who swam beside him breached the surface of the water in footage taken on Monday.

The beautiful dolphins escort Mr Kirkwood on his travels as a younger one jumps high out of the water.

'A pod of about twenty common dolphins decided to escort me for five minutes, jumping and playing.

'I think I've been accepted as one of the pod. Or are they after my tuna sandwiches?' Rupert said later online.

Mr Kirkwood wrote on his blog: 'There was one very small calf in the group which leapt out of the water with as much vigour as any of its elders. Some of the group came over for a bit of bow-riding.' 

Rupert Kirkwood captured the pod of dolphins who swam beside him breached the surface of the water in South west England
Rupert Kirkwood captured the pod of dolphins who swam beside him breached the surface of the water in South west England

Rupert Kirkwood captured the pod of dolphins who swam beside him breached the surface of the water in South west England

'They seemed to lose interest as my speed dropped when fatigue kicked in. Maybe I shouldn't have jettisoned those last few mouthfuls of muesli. 

'You really do have to paddle flat out to generate enough of a pressure wave to keep dolphins interested. It's a lot easier in a boat with a huge outboard motor.

'Maybe they were off hunting an unsuspecting shoal of mackerel.

'They looped round in front of me providing quite a satisfactory 'grandstand' view as a finale. You can see a few youngsters jumping around in the pod.

He has explored 1,154 miles of the coast of South west England and notched up more than 20,000 paddling miles in total.

But he now concentrates on offshore kayaking in search of extreme sea creatures and has encountered three species of whale, four species of dolphin, basking sharks, Giant Bluefin Tuna, sunfish, seals and a leatherback turtle.

The dolphins swam with Mr Kirkwood two miles away from the Devon shoreline on Monday
The dolphins swam with Mr Kirkwood two miles away from the Devon shoreline on Monday

The dolphins swam with Mr Kirkwood two miles away from the Devon shoreline on Monday

Mr Kirkwood has explored 1,154 miles of the coast of South west England and notched up more than 20,000 paddling miles in total
Mr Kirkwood has explored 1,154 miles of the coast of South west England and notched up more than 20,000 paddling miles in total

Mr Kirkwood has explored 1,154 miles of the coast of South west England and notched up more than 20,000 paddling miles in total

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By Shawn Arnette 13/09/2018 22:14:00