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Where is This Seven-Mile Long Mega-Pod of More Than 100,000 Dolphins Going?


On last night's Downton Abbey, the Dowager Countess of Grantham Violet Crawley so wisely observed: "That's the thing about nature; there's so much of it."

And that would certainly be the case late last week off the coast of San Diego, where this seven mile-long mega-pod of more than 100,000 dolphins was spotted following a boat.

NBC San Diego wrote:

Dutra said the boat tour followed the pod for more than an hour and said he’s never seen anything like it.
“When you see something that is honestly truly beyond belief,” the captain said.

Guests aboard the boat started screaming and pointing when they first saw the school of adult and juvenile common dolphins. 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,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of stuff out here… but this is the biggest I’ve ever seen, ever.”

Watch the video shot by someone on board, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. That's a cool and weird thing that I cannot begin to explain, but I'd be surprised if that was really 100,000 dolphins.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 18, 2013 7:51:17 AM

  2. If at any point they form the letters "so long, and thanks for all the fish", get good and worried. And make sure you know where your towel is.

    Posted by: Alan | Feb 18, 2013 7:52:48 AM

  3. Don't Dogs and some other animals anticipate major earthquakes? These animals are swimming away from California?

    Posted by: candideinnc | Feb 18, 2013 8:07:36 AM

  4. @ALAN: and don't panic.

    Posted by: UM FROM UMBRIDGE | Feb 18, 2013 8:22:03 AM

  5. Circuit party?

    Posted by: Houndentenor | Feb 18, 2013 8:54:17 AM

  6. Looks amazing.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Feb 18, 2013 9:03:33 AM

  7. Response to the low-level vibrations from the meteor in Russia?

    Posted by: BobN | Feb 18, 2013 9:06:45 AM

  8. More-like fleeing California taxes.

    ...And getting out of the way before coastal San Diego and Upper Baja slide gracefully down into the deep waters offshore.

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Feb 18, 2013 9:12:16 AM

  9. Thanks for the fish.

    Posted by: Alan2 | Feb 18, 2013 9:24:30 AM

  10. It's like the last Sunday in June in the Village in New York City. Those were the days.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 18, 2013 9:33:33 AM

  11. "So long, and thanks for all the fish."

    I expect to see a Vogon constructor fleet hovering in the sky (much like a brick doesn't) any day now.

    Posted by: Tatts | Feb 18, 2013 10:15:58 AM

  12. "More-like fleeing California taxes"

    How else are we Californian's going to help pay for all the leeches in the Third World red states like AL or AR or MS that have negative equity and still want their illegimate children and poor and trailer trash paid for?

    In any case, awesome video.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Feb 18, 2013 10:19:49 AM

  13. something wicked this way comes....

    Posted by: Johnny | Feb 18, 2013 11:32:01 AM

  14. with the internet now, it's easier than ever for them to plan a huge rave!

    Posted by: puhLEEZ! | Feb 18, 2013 12:36:24 PM

  15. Were they all of the same sex? Maybe the boat made noises that resembled the mating cry of a very horny dolphin and they all showed up for the party.

    Given the lack of an explanation, I guess that is as good as any!

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 18, 2013 2:30:19 PM

  16. Dolphin Comic Con!

    Posted by: Robert | Feb 18, 2013 3:42:21 PM

  17. Was this video your posting "shot by someone on board"..."late last week off the coast of San Diego"?
    Because the video link your linking to:

    is this same video from a "Dana Point Dolphin Stampede Dana Wharf" youtube video that was uploaded on Feb 2012 (last year): is this a recent video or one that was relased a year ago, becuase its the same video?

    Posted by: Scottie | Feb 18, 2013 5:43:33 PM

  18. One hopes the dolphins were swimming towards and not from something. As long as they are not beaching themselves, which would be a calamity. I wonder if they sense something is coming and are trying to get out of the way before it does?

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 18, 2013 6:09:28 PM

  19. Maybe one let out a really bad dolphin fart

    Posted by: Bob | Feb 18, 2013 8:54:13 PM

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