Kira, a black Labrador Retriever from Mozambique, has some unusual playmates.
The pooch loves to swim out into the bay of Ponta do Ouro and frolic there with a pod of dolphins.
Kira’s dog mom, Noleen Withers, is the owner of the Somente Aqua Dolphin Centre, which offers visitors the opportunity to interact with wild dolphins.
One of the center’s boats was christened in honor of the Lab, who, according to the website, “accompanies most of the dolphin excursions and we like to call her the dolphin spotter.”
In his African Diver magazine article, “Dancing with Dolphins,” photographer Cormac McCreesh wrote, “… long before the dolphins are sighted, Kira will become aware of their presence. She will bounce from side to side on the boat, straining to see her friends. Yet only when the dolphins approach the boat to interact will she jump in the water and swim with them. Kira has never jumped in the water when the dolphins are resting, almost as if she picks up their behavior – when at rest, dolphins give out a strong ammoniac smell that she would pick up.
“Paddling on the surface, she will swim in circles while her friends delight in circling beneath her – a marvelous sight to bear witness to.”
In this pawmazing video posted on Earth Touch, you can bear witness to Kira jumping off a boat and doggie-paddling alongside her finned friends.