PortandTerminal.com, August 12, 2020
LOS ANGELES – A whale watching tour got their money’s worth when they witnessed a pod of around 300 common dolphins stampeding off the coast of Dana Point, California.
Dolphin stampede behavior can be described as porpoising out of the water at a high rate of speed. Porpoising is the fastest mode of travel for dolphins because there is less resistance in the air than in water. It is 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 are not scared of the boat. Southern California has the greatest density of dolphins per square mile of anywhere else on earth. This includes nearly 450,000 common dolphins, the species stampeding in this video, as well as several other species of dolphins.
Dana Point is one of the best places in the world to see large mega-pods that can number in herds of up to 10,000.
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