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Dolphins spotted mating in bay.

SAUCY bottlenose dolphins have been spotted getting up to no good in Welsh waters.

Researchers from Sea Watch Foundation have been seeing all sorts of naughty antics amongst the bottlenose dolphin community in Cardigan Bay.

On recent surveys, the monitoring team photographed this frisky behaviour as it unfolded in front of them.

On board local vessel Dunbar Castle II, the team routinely photograph and monitor dolphin behaviours and habitat use in this hotspot of activity.

is week they saw more than they bargained for when they caught a glimpse of two young dolphins mating.

Sightings ocer Kathy James said dolphins are known for being the only animal aside from humans that have sex without intent of reproduction. She said: "It's rare that we get to observe this behaviour so close at hand and we were really excited to see we had pictures."

" Dr Salome Dussan-Duque, monitoring cer for Sea Watch Foundation, said: "We observed the displays of sexual behaviour while we were out on survey," before adding her team did not realise exactly what had been caught on camera until they returned to the laboratory after their excursion.

"It sent a few giggles around our team of interns," she said.

Bottlenose dolphins are a common sight in Cardigan Bay where they feed and rear their young.

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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 27, 2014
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