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Dolphins filmed frolicking near Bargara

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Corey Bennett captured this amazing shot of a 30-strong dolphin pod and their calves near Bargara.

Like a scene from a David Attenborough documentary, one Bundaberg man has managed to capture footage of 30 dolphins frolicking and mating off Bargara.

Ocean lover Corey Bennett was spearfishing in the area last week when he noticed a pod of dolphins in the distance.

“On this particular day I was spearfishing but the visibility wasn't at it's best so I decided to have a quick look for the pod,” he said.

“When I saw them in the distance I was pretty excited to test out my new drone and get a whole different angle.”

Corey said as the drone flew over the pod, he noticed some interesting things about the animals.

“As I got closer the dolphins started to breach and they were very playful,” he said.

“Further on I noticed there were a few calves among the pod playing beside their mothers.

“At this stage I was already stoked with what I saw but then they started mating, which is pretty exciting because you can expect even more calves in the near future.”

Video: Corey Bennett

Corey said he had come across the same pod many times over the years and each time there seemed to be more family members.

“I have seen this pod of dolphins every time I've visited the reef for the last four years and their numbers are increasing yearly,” he said.

“It was really exciting to see them again and to see the calves.”

According to the Department of Environment and Science, three types of dolphins were known to inhabit Bundaberg Region waters.

These include the Australian snubfin dolphin, Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin and the offshore bottlenose dolphin.

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