Watch a lucky kayaker’s incredible meeting with a huge pod of dolphins off Blyth Beach.
Scott Anderson, 32, from Killingworth, said his encounter with the beautiful creatures was “amazing”.
But his video was almost ruined by a splash of water on the camera.
Scott was riding the waves at Blyth last Saturday when the dolphins caught his attention.
He said: “I saw a couple of splashes come up and thought it was just birds.
“Then I saw three or four dolphins come out of the water and just thought ‘Oh my God’.
“I was sprinting along the beach with my kayak and was straight out to them.”
Scott, a legal procurement consultant, has been kayaking for a couple of years but bought his own boat last September.
He regularly goes out to sea and has had encounters with seals, but dolphins were the ones he had been “hoping for”.
The 32-year-old estimated the pod was about 50-strong as he could see the mammals “all around”.
Scott said: “It was just an amazing experience. To be that close to them as well.
“They are a lot more confident than the seals. For a while they were just playing alongside and I could see them swimming underneath the kayak. It was just great.
“They don’t have to come anywhere near you but you I’m just so glad they did.”
After having the dolphins’ company for about 15 minutes, the kayaker headed back to shore.
He was worried his helmet camera might not have captured the amazing moment.
In fact a splash had covered the centre of the lens after he had powered through a wave on his way out to the pod.
Scott has sent his video to the Sea Watch Foundation to identify the species in the clip, but thinks they may be bottlenose dolphins.
He said: “I was worried about if it had recorded and if the angle was right.
“It didn’t really matter about the water on the camera to be honest.
“I was more glad I got to see it with my own eyes, but it’s nice for my friends and family to see it.
“I nearly didn’t even take the camera with us. It just shows you should always have it with you as you never know what could happen.”
The Northumberland Coast has seen a great number of sightings of rare and wonderful sea life.
If you are interested in finding out more about North Sea whale and dolphin spotting, read our guide on what you can see off our coasts.
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