An adult dolphin and its baby swim ahead of a boat

Dolphins off Baltimore, Co. Cork

Nikon D50, Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5 G, polarising filter

22mm, f/3.8, 1/160s, ISO 200. Date: 2015-08-31

cropped and sharpened

One of the most exciting wildlife experiences of my life: a pod of short-beaked common dolphins swimming with our boat off the coast near Baltimore, County Cork. There were four adults, two babies and an adolescent (I think). They stayed with us for about half an hour, presenting great views and clearly having a great time. We also saw a minke whale, but it was too far away and the glimpses too fleeting to photograph.