This incredible footage shows a 20-strong pod of dolphins swimming gracefully underwater off the Devon coast.
Julian Northway, 32, a captain in the merchant navy, spotted the pod as he was piloting his own boat, the MTS Terramare, back to dock.
Being a self-confessed technophobe, Julian didn’t use any special equipment to film the dolphins – instead, he taped a GoPro to the end of a hook and stuck it in the water.
Julian, from Teignmouth, failed six times to get a good shot before capturing this video on his seventh go.
He said: “It came out a lot better than I thought, it took a lot of shots to get that.
“I saw the pod of dolphins approaching and went up the bow and slowly lowered the boat hook into the water with the GoPro attached to the end of it,
“I waited for a minute with it in the water, and then went back to the wheelhouse to see what footage I got but most times it was nothing or just white water.
“Each time I had to rush back down when I saw another pod approaching, it took about five hours in total.”
Julian said he encountered the massive pod around 20 miles south of the Eddystone Lighthouse, off Plymouth.
He said that seeing dolphins used to be a rare occurrence, but now it happens more and more.
Julian continued: “The pod was big – there was at least 15 to 20 all around the boat.
“It’s becoming more common, we’re getting more sightings than we used to.
“They seem to be around all year now.
“I’ve tried to film them before but it didn’t work – dolphins don’t tend to hang around very long, especially on this boat – I think its too loud for them.
“While the weather was good on that day I thought I’d give it another go, and I’m glad I did.
“I was amazed at what I got, I had a massive smile on my face – I couldn’t believe how well it came out.
“I’m not a techy guy and I thought, ‘ bloody hell, it worked’.”