Last week a whale-watching guide captured an incredible stampede of 300 dolphins off the coast of Dana Point in Los Angeles. The hundreds of mammals surprised the tour group that happened to be in the right place at the right time to witness the rare event.
In the video, the expedition’s captain Dave says, “It’s not known exactly what causes common dolphins to stampede. It’s thought that the dolphins could be evading a predator such as orcas, racing to catch a food source, or meeting up with another pod of dolphins. Dolphin stampedes can happen without warning or anything frightening them. They’re not scared of the boat.”
Southern California is the home to nearly half a million common dolphins such as the type captured in the video. Dana Point is known as one of the best places to watch mega-pods of dolphins, which move together in herds of up to 10,000.
In the video, you can see both adult and baby dolphins leaping out of the water. By doing this, the mammals greatly increase their speed and efficiency. It’s not uncommon to see such forms of movement, but this footage is a real treat.