Late summer swimmers got a pleasant surprise this week when a friendly dolphin, known locally as George, stayed at the beach in Devon to play all day.
George has been a regular visitor to the beach at Beer over the years, and seems to genuinely enjoy - and look for - the company of humans.
Children and adults alike were thrilled that George decided to join them for the entire day, but Dorset Marine warden Emma Rance told the Bournemouth Echo: 'We are lucky to have such amazing animals in our waters.
'However, boat-users spotting a dolphin should immediately switch off their engine and allow the animal to approach them. If there are three or more boats around a dolphin you should move away.'
She also reminded everyone that dolphins are wild animals, and people should exercise caution around them.
George is estimated to be about 10 feet long and is, sadly, a bit of a loner. While dolphins are usually found in groups of anything between two and 25, George has been spotted exploring off the coast of Ireland, France and the Channel Islands.
He also used to be a regular visitor to Weymouth and Bournemouth, and we're sure holidaymakers didn't mind a bit.