A family who watched a dolphin leaping in front of their kayaks were stunned after it caught a huge fish – and dropped it in front of them for their DINNER.
The group had spent several minutes enjoying the mischievous mammal which started swimming around their canoes off the British coast.
But to their astonishment the friendly animal then dived down and dropped a massive cod next to Lucy Watkins, 14.
The dolphin then resurfaced and began nudging the whopping 10lbs fish towards the stunned teenager.
Lucy and her grandparents wondered whether they should pick up the floating offering in case the dolphin wanted it for himself.
But the dolphin then resurfaced seconds later with his own fish – this time a seabass – and began tucking in.
The family gratefully scooped up the cod, which weighed a massive 10lbs, before taking it home to nearby Combe Martin in Devon to cook for their tea.
Lucy said: “He definitely wanted me to have his fish. He first dropped it 20ft away but then pushed it to within 5ft of my kayak.
“Everyone was watching on the beach and we caused quite a stir when we paddled in with the cod.”
Schoolgirl Lucy Watkins was astonished by the friendly dolphin which gave her dinner.
She said: “It was amazing to see the dolphin. I have always had a love for them so going out to see one was very exciting.
“As we got out of Combe Martin bay we started to see the dolphin splashing around I couldn’t believe my eyes it was so much bigger then I thought it would be.
“Once it started going under my kayak I felt comfortable with it and so I started playing with it, splashing my hands and feet in the water.
“I made me happy enough, and then all of a sudden it gave me the fish.
“To have this awesome creature which I had loved since I was little to give me a fish that it would normally have for dinner made me feel on top of the world.
“When it was time to leave I didn’t want to go.”
Grandma Nina added: “It was as if he was saying to Lucy ‘Don’t worry, now I’ve got a fish to play with and so have you. This is mine for my tea, you have that one for yours.’
“He was just so playful and content to be around us. Lucy was dangling her fingers in the water and he seemed to be attracted by that.
“If I hadn’t seen it myself I’d never have believed it. My theory is that he was lonely and wanted human company. He was with us for about two hours.
“It seemed rude to refuse him so we took the fish and had cod and chips for supper.
It was massive – I’ve still got half in the freezer.”
Lucy was paddling off Combe Martin Bay with Mike and Nina, both, 52, when they encountered the dolphin.
The animal has become so popular with locals they’ve christened him Dave.
After putting on an impromptu ‘aquabatics’ display by circling and diving beneath them, Dave surfaced clasping a giant cod between his jaws and dropped it beside Lucy’s kayak.
Dave the dolphin is a regular site off Combe Martin Bay, where he frequently entertains families and tourists in the pretty coastal beautyspot.
Nina, a swimming club coach, said the July 25 sighting was the highlight of Lucy’s school holidays.
She said: “We feel so privileged to have been there. Lucy loves dolphins and has always wanted to swim with them.
“Well she didn’t get to swim with this one, but it is the first time she has seen one out of captivity.
“With the crystal clear water, it was such an experience.”
A spokesman for Whale and Dolphin Conservation said: “This is a very interesting account.
“There are many examples worldwide of dolphins interacting with humans. We would just make our usual appeal for people to generally keep their distance.
“Dolphins can sometimes become distracted by humans, lose their awareness of nearby motor boats and sustain injuries.”