By Tom Gillespie @TomGillespie1
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The people-friendly animals were spotted near the shore during South Africa’s sardine run.
Photographer Robbie Irlam captured the images at Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape.
He said: “Whilst shooting surfers down at the beach, I happened to notice a school of dolphins charging through the surf.
“They swam right between the guys in the water.
“It is the time of the year that is known as the sardine run.
“They were most likely looking for food.”
The 62-year-old amateur photographer, who lives in Jeffreys Bay, took the photos on June 27.
The retired cabinet-maker said: “I was pretty excited to be able to photograph these creatures as they move at speed and are not easy to photograph.
“The guys in the surf were as excited as I was.”
The sardine run happens between May and July each year, when billions of the animals are born in the Agulhas Bank on the southern African continental shelf.
They small fish offer a great feed for predators when they drift across the east coast of South Africa.