Donny Bass is an experienced paddleboarder and kayak angler based out of Florida. Over the Fourth Of July long weekend, he and his family were out paddling in Naples, Florida when they were unexpectedly greeted by a curious bottlenose dolphin. The once-in-a-lifetime moment shows the dolphin swimming playfully within touching distance of the paddleboard, then underneath and around it.
Dolphin watching regulations require boaters and kayakers to keep a minimum of 50 to 100 yards away, depending on the state. Responsible paddlers endeavor to maintain this at all times, and rare exceptional encounters do not represent a typical paddling experience.
Video courtesy of Donny Bass.