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Dolphin 'mega-pod' spotted off San Diego

Posted on Monday, 18 February, 2013 | Comment icon 45 comments


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An abnormally large group of 100,000 dolphins has been sighted swimming off the coast of California.

The 'mega-pod' was reported by cruise ship captain Joe Dutra who described it as five miles wide and seven miles long. While dolphins are known to travel in groups of up to 200, a pod of 100,000 or more is highly unusual. "They were coming from all directions, you could see them from as far as the eye can see," said Dutra. "I’ve seen a lot of stuff here... but this is the biggest I’ve ever seen, ever."

Marine experts were unable to determine exactly what brought so many of the creatures together in one place and considered the spectacle a once-in-a-lifetime event. "You had to be there to experience it," Dutra added. "It was truly spectacular."

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

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Comment icon #36 Posted by Zero Fox FK on 19 February, 2013, 19:39
They're building an Army... the Simpsons were right!
Comment icon #37 Posted by pallidin on 20 February, 2013, 5:23
Sounds like a good survival strategy. I''m not sure even a well armed soldier could fight, say,100,000 pooping puppy dogs.
Comment icon #38 Posted by dreamgoddess2011 on 20 February, 2013, 11:27
Maybe New Submarine technology sonar affecting dolphins?
Comment icon #39 Posted by Professor T on 23 February, 2013, 6:10
A Super mega-pod' of dolphins has been spotted off San Diego coast.. So long... & thanks for all the fish.. 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.” http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/17/16994814-super-mega-pod-of-dolphins-spotted-off-san-diego-coast?li... [More]
Comment icon #40 Posted by QuiteContrary on 23 February, 2013, 6:49
How fortunate to be in the middle of it!
Comment icon #41 Posted by Professor T on 23 February, 2013, 7:11
I was once in the middle of a pod of maybe 20-30... That was awesome.. To find one's self in the middle of a pod of 100,000 or more... That would be just freaky..
Comment icon #42 Posted by EllJay on 23 February, 2013, 12:40
Prince Dolph and Princess Flipper are getting married, according to my sources. Will they keep the last name Lundgren by any chance?
Comment icon #43 Posted by EllJay on 23 February, 2013, 12:45
Here is a nice encounter as well. They even changed their course to follow the surfer. Must have felt kind of amazing having them jumping like that all around you.
Comment icon #44 Posted by venom012 on 26 February, 2013, 1:29
Dolphins = humans of the sea. We just found out they name themselves.
Comment icon #45 Posted by Sakari on 26 February, 2013, 1:47
They were getting as far away as possible from this guy.........


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