A super mega dolphin pod was spotted swimming in the waters off the San Diego coast. The amazing sight involved about 100,000 dolphins swimming together, leaping out of the water, and spanning as far as the eye could see. On Feb. 17, Mail Online reported that dolphins usually travel in smaller pods (up to 200), so to see this many together is pretty rare.
"Experts are unable to pinpoint any specific reason as to why so many of the mammals were traveling together on this particular night," Mail Online reported. Some marine experts believe that some pods just happened to come together at the right time, giving ship captain, Joe Dutra, something to write home about.
The super mega dolphin pod was said to be seven miles long and five miles wide. Captain Dutra was out on a cruise with some nature watchers when they instantly got their money's worth. The boat stayed alongside the dolphins for about an hour -- and the pictures and videos taken are absolutely amazing.
According to Mail Online, a sizable group of dolphins was spotted in the area around the same time of year last year. Experts believe that this is some kind of migratory pattern. This could turn in to a tourist "attraction" of sorts, with people wanting to go out on nature cruises to try and catch a glimpse each winter. Perhaps in years to come this pattern will become more predictable.
The super mega dolphin pod can be seen in the video on the left.
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