Dolphin stampede captured on whale watching boat in California

Seeing a big pod of dolphins is always captivating but this video takes the cake.

Capt. Dave’s Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari captured incredible footage of a pod of about 300 of the animals swimming along the ocean off the coast of Dana Point in California.

The company said it was a “remarkable” whale watching trip.

“There is a greater than usual number of baby dolphins at this time of year,” they wrote on Facebook sharing the footage taken by Buck Munson this week.

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“Dolphin stampede behaviour 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’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 provocation. They are not scared of the boat.”

The company’s owner Dave Anderson said people asked him what the most amazing thing he’d ever seen was.

“It is for sure, without a doubt, a dolphin stampede,” he said in the video.

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