By Jasmine Kazlauskas
This is the magical moment a playful dolphin was spotted riding the waves alongside these surprised surfers.
Photographer Gergo Rugli said he was ‘in awe’ when he saw the majestic mammal happily swimming amongst the delighted group of surfers at Tamarama Beach in Sydney, Australia.
The 40-year-old was elated to have captured such a stunning image, as he added that dolphins are his favourite animal – making this moment incredibly special.
And Gergo isn’t the only one enamoured with the snap; after sharing it online, he received thousands of likes and comments from people around the world.
He said: “I was driving to the beach to do my usual morning walk, when my friend texted me that there were dolphins at the beach
“They love joining on the surfing fun and catching waves.
“The dolphins are aware of the surfers and many times I’ve had the feeling they want to tease them by showing off their skills.
“I was in awe. Seeing them is the greatest joy for me, the other surfers were in total awe too.
“I’ve been lucky enough to experience some amazing moments with them, including swimming with them a couple of times.
“They have been my favourite animal since my childhood. They’re so intelligent and always look so happy and smiley.
“Seeing them jumping like that in the waves fills my heart with joy.
“I was very happy with how this photo turned out.”
The stunning photograph was snapped back at the end of February 2021 and has just been shared for the first time.