Don’t these dolphins just make you wish you could jump in alongside them? After all, seeing dolphins in the wild is way cooler than watching them bob at the surface of a marine park’s concrete tanks.
This footage of pantropical spotted dolphins was captured by a bowcam during Operation Toxic Gulf 2014. This campaign is the product of a partnership between The Ocean Alliance and Sea Shepherd, and it aims to further research on the long-term effects of the 2010 BP oil spill. Although it has been four years since the Deepwater Horizon disaster, scientists are beginning to realize how detrimental the spill continues to be.
Examining the impact of the spill on marine life throughout the gulf, the Operation Toxic Gulf crew has encountered a myriad of underwater species. In addition to these playful pantropical spotted dolphins, they have encountered sperm whales and Altantic spotted dolphins.
Check out the videos of these other awesome marine creatures below: