Dolphin stampede in California

Boat caught in middle of dolphin stampede off Dana Point [Video] –

It was a rare, breathtaking sight: In a flash, 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.

Yet last weekend, it happened again … and it happened twice: once on Saturday afternoon and again on Sunday morning. Boat hands captured Sunday’s stampede on video.

Amazing. What were they doing? It’s not clear. They weren’t running AWAY from the boat. But, the owner of hte tour says it’s rare to see such a large group and for them to act like this. It’s wonderful publicity for his business and the observers certainly loved it.

Tip: Fortean Times

  3 comments for “Dolphin stampede in California

  1. January 10, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    I worked on boats for years around the Channel Islands, north of where this video was taken. We would frequently see pods of hundreds, to over a thousand, common dolphins behaving like this. It was not a rare event, but was always thrilling. “Porpoising”, as it’s called, is apparently the fastest way for these animals to travel. Whether they are searching for food or simply excited by their own numbers, I don’t know. Either way, it’s an remarkable sight!

    • January 10, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      Ah. Thanks for the info. So the description WAS somewhat doubtful.

  2. D.Walker
    January 10, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    That’s really impressive. I’d love to see that some time. Dolphins are so intelligent, I hate to think of people eating them.

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