CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – It was the surprise of a lifetime for a couple of boaters on the Stone River over the weekend.
While heading back to the Sol Legre boat landing, a dolphin surfaced for a little show-and-tell.
In the video, you can see the dolphin swim right up to the boat, displaying quite a smile.
The dolphin hangs out for a few minute before re-surfacing for a final goodbye.
Our thanks to Debbie Ballard-Hoats for sharing this video.
The Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network said this type of behavior is associated with people feeding dolphins in the past.
They said hand feeding wild dolphins is illegal and has long term impacts on dolphins health and safety – including death of the mammal.
If you see a dolphin approach your boat, the organization said boaters should ignore begging dolphins to help reverse this behavior and not to reach out to touch because they can bite if they are teased and not getting what they want. (They have 100 sharp teeth)