A group of dolphins have been spotted jumping out of the water and playing in the sea off the Brighton coast.

The pod of around 30 was spotted by passing patrol boats and impressively leaping out of the sea.

In a minute-long video, the dolphins were captured following the boat and jumping from the water to the awe of those on board.

Jamilla Sadberry, who took the clips of the creatures, said: “I had mentioned to the coxswain that morning that I was yet to see dolphins, so they must have heard me.

“I didn’t want to believe it until I saw them, it was a bucket list kind of thing to have seen them.

“Dolphins are my absolute favourite animals and I was desperate to see them. They were so close you could have touched them.”

Jamilla, 22, snapped the dolphins while working on a lifeboat patrol and was the first time she had seen them in four years working on the boat.

She added that she had been on multiple boat trips while on holidays to try and see dolphins but had previously been unsuccessful.

The bottlenose dolphins were first seen at around 3.10pm on Monday, July 24, around Brighton Marina before heading towards the Palace Pier.

The dolphins had earlier been spotted around Saltdean roughly 40 minutes prior to the Brighton sighting.

Jamilla, from Fiveways, estimated that there were around 30 to 40 dolphins in the pod including some younger ones.

She added that the dolphins had been playing in the bubbles from the wake of the boat.