Surfing Dolphins make waves in Florida

Dolphins are some of the most intelligent marine mammals on the planet, are closely related to whales and porpoises and have a playful nature.

In this video, taken off St. Pete Beach in Florida, two dolphins stay right with a water skier, leaping into the air from time to time.

Their playful nature often has Dolphins leaping above the surface of the water for reasons unknown to scientists. They may be locating schools of fish by looking above the water (like birds do), communicating with other dolphins, dislodging parasites or simple amusement. Here, it looks like they just want to play.

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