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Dolphin splashes around with swimmers in ‘once in a lifetime’ moment

A friendly dolphin approached a group of swimmers and paddleboarders to play with them in a "once in a lifetime" moment.

Nick, as the dolphin is known, arrived in the harbour in Hayle, Cornwall yesterday, seemingly looking for fun.

Amazing footage taken by Hayle resident Helen Williams, as well as others, shows Nick the friendly dolphin swimming right up to the people in the water.

The swimmers and paddleboarders were in the harbour when the dolphin arrived and it did not seem to be shy whatsoever.

It jumped around, splashed people and waved its tail at the swimmers, who laughed and shouted as it happened.

At various moments, the dolphin jumped out of the water just inches from the swimmers.

"It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience," Ms Williams told CornwallLive, having videoed the dolphin swimming as her nieces and nephews were in the water.

"The kids quite often go jumping into the harbour. I’ve never seen a dolphin in the harbour before. It was just incredible.

"It almost looks Photoshopped."

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She added that the dolphin approached the humans in the water – not the other way around – and local marine wildlife experts arrived to check on its welfare.

Antony Silcock, who was also watching from dry land, said he wished he had a wetsuit so he could have joined in.

"I went out fishing with my friend John and I’d just been lucky enough to bring in a flounder," he said.

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"Just as I was about to cast it off from the quayside, this huge black thing came up to breathe. It caught me quite by surprise.

"I realised very quickly that it was an absolutely beautiful dolphin."

Mr Silcock said the dolphin kept swimming around and returning to the swimmers.

"One of the guys who had been in the water before everyone realised there was a dolphin around had quite a scare," he continued.

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"He had felt something nudging him from below so put his head under to have a look. He said that he was literally looking into the face of the dolphin. It scared him half to death at the time.

"It seems it just wanted to play. It was a perfect end to a perfect day for me."

Despite the creature being extremely friendly, marine wildlife experts suggest that if a dolphin, or other similar sea creature, is in the water nearby to you – you should not approach it.

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