An absolutely amazing thing happened on Valentine's Day. A 7 mile long, 5 mile wide trail of over 100,000 dolphins was seen traveling together off the coast of in Southern California, near San Diego. Dolphins are social and very intelligent animals that usually travel in pods of from 15 to 200. This huge pod, said to be the largest group of dolphins ever seen together is a mystery that is sparking wild speculations.
From The Daily Mail.
"Experts are unable to pinpoint any specific reason as to why so many of the mammals were traveling together on this particular night. 'They’re definitely social animals, they stick together in small groups. But sometimes, the schools come together,' marine expert Sarah Wilkin told NBC. "
Since the experts are unable to say exactly what may have caused this dolphin super mega-pod stampede, questions and speculations are floating around the internet.
Could the dolphins sense a coming earthquake?
According to Wikipedia and geologist Jim Berkland, dolphins can sense earthquakes before they occur:
"He (Berkland) attributes the strange behaviors to radical changes in the Earth's magnetic field just prior to earthquakes and in the general area of the quakes. He says that, when these changes occur, they interfere with the sea mammals', and even the migratory birds', ability to navigate, which explains the mass beachings. He says even dogs and cats can sense the disruptions, which explains elevated rates of runaway-pet reports. Research on Earth's magnetic field and how it is affected by moving tectonic plates and earthquakes is ongoing." Read More
Were these dolphins trying to get away from something that was torturing them, a US Naval sonar weapon?
The stampede happened right outside of San Diego, California, home to the largest Naval base on the West coast and one of the largest US Naval bases in the world. US Navy sonar weapons cause tremendous harm to dolphins and other sea life.
Or how about this one?
The stampede was caused by widespread radiation contamination in the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima. Were the dolphins trying to escape that mess?
This National Geographic Blog says that pollution and more radioactive contamination from Fukushima that is traveling Eastward across the Pacific Ocean and will arrive upon the West coast within years.
Though experts are unable to pinpoint any specific reason as to why so many dolphins were traveling together on this particular night, in February in 2012, another huge group of dolphins was spotted swimming about 65 miles north of San Diego.
This seems to imply that this coming together is unacknowledged migratory behavior and that the waters off the coast of San Diego are an unacknowledged migratory route.
Or perhaps one of these amazing and intelligent mammals just decides that it's party time and invites everyone he knows!!!