Thousands of dolphins spotted off the coast of San Diego, US

Thousands of dolphins spotted off the coast of San Diego, US

Thousands of dolphins were spotted on February 14, 2013 off the coast of San Diego, a boat captain told NBC 7 San Diego. Capt. Joe Dutra of Hornblower Cruises said he saw a “super mega-pod” of common dolphins while he was on his daily tour. According to him the pod was more than 7 miles long and 5 miles wide. Dutra said the boat tour followed the pod for more than an hour and said he’s never seen anything like it. Dutra estimated there were about 100,000 dolphins swimming in the area.


They were coming from all directions, you could see them from as far as the eye can see. I’ve seen a lot of stuff out here… but this is the biggest I’ve ever seen, ever.” Capt. Joe Dutra.



Antonio Ramirez who was aboard a Hornblower Cruise on February 14, 2013 snapped this photo of the dolphins swimming in a "super mega-pod." (Courtesy of Antonio Ramirez)

According to marine mammal expert Sarah Wilkin, the reason the large pod might be there is because there’s plenty of food in the area, including sardines, herring and squid. Though dolphins typically travel in groups of 200 or less, Wilkin said “super-pods” are not unheard of.


At the beginning of January 2013, a pod of about 1,000 common dolphins began a stampede, churning across the blue-gray waters off Dana Point at a rapid pace. Dave Anderson, the captain of Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari, said that in the decades he’s spent on the water and out among Southern California’s dense dolphin population, it’s a phenomenon he’s encountered only rarely. Bellow is the amazing video.


Southern California has the greatest density of dolphins per square mile than anywhere on earth. This includes nearly 450,000 common dolphins like the ones in this video. Dana Point is one of the best places in the world to see one of these large megapods that can number in herds of up to 10,000. Porpoising is their fastest mode of travel as there is less resistance in air than water.

Sources: NBCBayArea, FoxSanDiego

Featured image: Photo of the dolphins swimming in a "super mega-pod. (Courtesy of Antonio Ramirez)

Tags: dolphins, pod

Comments

amazing 1 year ago

This isn't beautiful, it's scary. Didn't anyone there question what the dolphins were running from?! Animals run from harm. What they're running from must be serious for all of them to leave in mass at full speed. Don't count on our government to tell us; government is probably the cause or part of it. We won't know until it's right up on us. Could be radiation spill, sound weapons testing, or something even worse. California's going to sink soon. Maybe, the dolphins already notice something happening underwater to that affect. Whatever it is, it's not something to take lightly.

Heatherbunnie (@amazing) 1 year ago

Yes...they are running...and, I believe, running from the Navy and it's super sonar and munitions testing. The Navy have asked for the 5 year future TAKING (killing or harming by captiity) an estimated 31 million YES, million dolphins and whales and other marine mammals for their testing of war implements on the poor animals. I hope to God that they are smart enough to see or feel the danger. It is so horrible that the United States has the Marine Mammal Protection Act to protect dolphins and whales, yet our own govt is breaking the law and killing these FEDERALLY PROTECTED ANIMALS. So, what does federally protection actually mean anyway, not much I guess. all they have to do (Navy) is just ask to kill those millions of animals and the freaking govt agency (NOAA) who rules that stuff just says sure, no problem, go ahead kill everything that lives in your path to testing sonar and munition weaponry. USA is a lying cheating nation that out shines every other country in it's duplicity and collusion. Save our marine mammals before they are all killed for fun and war.

Falcon 1 year ago

Could their message be any clearer? "Humans must join together as one and move united in the same direction toward the same goal." It's their planet too, and since we haven't figured out their language yet, this dolphin flash mob is a message they're hoping we will understand. We will all be destroyed together if mankind does not come together in the service of one purpose; and what could that one purpose be but to save our planet's ecosystem, for we are all interdependent.

james craft 1 year ago

I wonder if like with certain animals and insects they have a sense for inpending danger , and with all the earthquakes and such . makes you wonder if they got the heck out of Dodge.

dimitra 1 year ago

It is known that the animals have the sixth sense, this instinct of survival. The dolphins behavior probably means something is coming.We all should be aware of the changes in nature and animals behavior, there are so many things to learn. We are so distant from nature, its embarrassing, aliens in our own planet.....

Peter Zivanovic (@dimitra) 1 year ago

It is all about our sun guys and time is running out to open your chakras! We have been warned for a long time but have ignored it. The entire earth is under going a massive change as we are slowly lining up with Sirius and the central sun. The energy that hitting the earth is mutating everything including our own DNA, some species will completely vanish and new will emerge. Be safe stay put and open your eyes! We're on the move folks!

Pamela patrick 1 year ago

Saving sea life is saving our planet. At least try to aware!!!

JOHNNY BARTEE 1 year ago

Trying to get away from Fukushima radiation.

Gordian Knot 1 year ago

A lot of amazing global sightings witnessed by humans e.g., super dolphin pods, Russian meteor entry with report damaging buildings and injuring people, death of birds and aquatic life, uptick in volcanic activity, space anomalies, earthquakes, bizarre weather patterns etc. We are truly experiencing extremes of many kinds.

dimitra (@Gordian Knot) 1 year ago

I totally agree with you...but what do u mean by saying space anomalies?

Sonja 1 year ago

So long & thanks for all the fish!

nanoduck 1 year ago

Apart from man, dolphins and whales are the most intelligent creatures on earth, perhaps on par with us. Their intelliegence should not be underestimated...they live in a very different enviroment and do not percieve the world the same way as we do. They probably are sensing something and getting ready for something massive in the near future.

Alison (@nanoduck) 1 year ago

I disagree that man is the most intelligent species on earth. That's debatable when we pollute the air we breathe, poison our own food, kill. Each other, destruct our soils, and trample each other to get the most for ourselves. I'd say we are merely locusts on a larger scale.. We are out of touch with ourselves and our surroundings. I'd say that gives animals the edge over man any day!

Colin (@Alison) 1 year ago

I agree that humans might not be the smartest animals on the planet, though, for entirely different and far more tragic reasons. It is smarter to live in harmony with ones environment, we're smart enough to know that, many of us even know how, and we're all capable of learning how. The problem isn't our intelligence, it's our ability to *collectively act* intelligently. That's a crucial difference, I think, because it offers hope. We cannot become more intelligent, but we can become wiser.

susan 1 year ago

with climate changes and increased volcanic undersea venting and technology probably invading ocean waters with sonic wave results, I am not surprised at all. it is simple to think any vast accumulation of living creatures is probably normal, but many of us now suspect humans are ruining even the ocean environment and climate change is more to blame for some marine creature suffering than we are yet aware.

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