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Massive Pod Of Dolphins Spotted Off San Diego Coast

Thousands Of Dolphins San Diego

A massive pod of dolphins was spotted off the San Diego coast on Thursday by a boat captain.

The captain, Joe Dutra, of Hornblower Cruises, reported seeing a “super mega-pod” of common dolphins around noon when he was on his daily tour.

Dutra said that the pod was at least seven miles long and five miles wide, reports NBC News. He added that he has never seen anything like it. The tour group followed the pod for more than an hour.

When they first spotted the pod of adult and juvenile common dolphins, tour guests aboard the boat started screaming and pointing. There were an estimated 100,000 dolphins swimming in the pod. Dutra added:

“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 here … but this is the biggest I’ve ever seen, ever.”

Dolphins are social animals and typically travel in packs of 15 to 200, called pods, notes The Daily Mail. Experts have been unable to determine why thousands of dolphins would travel in a pod together. Marine expert Sarah Wilkin stated:

“They’re definitely social animals, they stick together in small groups. But sometimes, the schools come together.”

While a pod of this size is considered a once-in-a-lifetime event, a similar situation was reported the same time last year. An unspecified amount of dolphins was seen swimming about 65 miles off the San Diego coast. The massive pod could signal a previously undocumented migratory pattern.

For those who got to see the super-pod in action last week, Dutra commented, “You had to be there to experience it. It was truly spectacular.”

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8 Responses to “Massive Pod Of Dolphins Spotted Off San Diego Coast”

  1. Randy Wooley

    Oh Nancy, one time when I lived in Sunset I was on the beach around dusk down by the water and about a stone throw away were 50 or more dolphins going in and out of the waves. Their silouetts seen through the waves at sunset, heading south to Huntington. I turned around to see if anyone else saw it and no one was there. It was just for me :)
    I also saw two small pilot whales 10 ft off the shore in Scotchman's cove by Laguna!

  2. Nancy Stewart Quinn

    I miss the ocean so much! Randy, that is something that stays with you forever. The joy it brings to your soul!

  3. Little Raven

    I believe these dolphins are aware of something that most less sensitive beings are not yet…..I feel a great change too…..

  4. Sandy Hancock

    I was on a whale watching boat last year in San Diego area.. we came across a "super mega pod"… in every direction as far as we could see there were dolphins… It truly was amazing.

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