A pod of 100,000 dolphins spotted off of San Diego (amazing video)

UPDATE: This was on NBC News tonight, so it’s for real.  I’ve got the NBC video, below. There’s a pod of as many as 100,000 dolphins swimming off the coast of San Diego at the moment, and nobody knows why.

Every year the dolphins do this, to a degree, but not this many at one time.

NBC 7 in San Diego has a stunning photo of the dolphins – you can see it here.

The video below was taken from a boat tour – it’s odd that the only video popping is a terribly bad one, in terms of resolution. No one on the boat used a phone beyond circa 2010 to film the dolphins?  If you search for other videos, you get the usual YouTube mess of people stealing each other’s videos and reposting them – how hard is it for YouTube to stop this fro happening, really? – but not any other videos of the dolphins.

Here is NBC’s broadcast tonight about this.

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Below is the Youtube video of the dolphins, and here are a few of other recent dolphin stories – there have been some amazing ones.

Amazing video of injured dolphin seeking help from scuba divers
Dolphins form life raft with their bodies to help dying dolphin breathe (video)
The dolphins at Sea World are making bubble rings and playing with them
Video: Beachgoers rescue pod of 30 dolphins
VIDEO: Cat nuzzles up to dolphins (dolphins nuzzles up to cat) – wonderful video – this one is beyond amazing:
cat nuzzling dolphins

And here is the super-pod off of San Diego – hopefully higher-resolution video will be forthcoming:

Here’s the ABC news broadcast – it’s about the dolphins of San Diego generally, not necessarily this week’s huge dolphin pod. ABC oddly doesn’t date its videos – there’s no date on the page anywhere. This video could be from years ago – who knows. It’s always been a pet peeve of mine, when media companies don’t date their material. Anyway, it’s a nice broadcast.

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19 Responses to “A pod of 100,000 dolphins spotted off of San Diego (amazing video)”

  1. They are running away from a great earthquake perhaps?

  2. karmanot says:

    Wow FLL. I think I just fell in love! :-)

  3. karmanot says:

    Just a tip of the ocean at that NP.

  4. karmanot says:

    Take us with you!

  5. karmanot says:

    Hey down arrow, not to worry, Dolphins aren’t fish, so you don’t have to give them up for Lent—-jerk.

  6. FLL says:

    In the history of the planet, few species escape extinction even though every species that has ever existed has done just fine at reproducing its own kind. They are often killed off by natural enemies that they cannot protect themselves against. So what’s the secret to success? I will use the dolphin species as an example of evolutionary success. The interaction between a male and female dolphin, although obviously generating offspring, is fleeting and does not result in any lasting relationship. In contrast, the bond between two male dolphins, which almost always includes a sexual component, lasts for many years, and often for most of their lifetimes. Zoologists have theorized that there is an evolutionary explanation for this long-lasting monogamous behavior between male dolphins. The bonded pairs of male dolphins more efficiently protect themselves and others in their group from being killed by natural enemies, such as killer whales (orcas) and certain large sharks such as the tiger shark and the bull shark. Since generating offspring and protecting the group from being killed off are both necessary components of survival, I think we are entitled to extend our argument about evolutionary success beyond the production of offspring. Christianists, please take note.

  7. RepubAnon says:

    Maybe it’s the dolphin version of the Occupy Movement?

  8. RepubAnon says:

    Yeah, it does look like Dolphin for “So long – and thanks for all the fish.”

  9. RyansTake says:

    They’re having a constitutional convention.

  10. BeccaM says:

    I for one welcome the arrival of our dolphin overlords. So sorry we upright apes made such a botch of everything.

    Oops, looks like I’m not alone in this sentiment. ;-)

  11. Naja pallida says:

    Either that or trying to come forward as victims of abuse…

  12. Krusher says:

    They’re off to insist on input in the papal election.

  13. Naja pallida says:


  14. Jason says:

    Well, it’s over, folks. They’re leaving Earth. Let’s just wait for the vogons now…

  15. Naja pallida says:

    I, for one, welcome our new cetacean overlords.

  16. perljammer says:

    There’s not really much in the way of a mystery here. The dolphins found a very large school of bait fish (not all that unusual), and are doing what dolphins do in those circumstances, which is help themselves to lunch.

  17. nicho says:

    Maybe they’re getting ready to take over the world — and not a moment too soon.

  18. Indigo says:

    It could be a gathering of spiritually-minded Dolphins for an event similar to the Maha Kumbha Mela.

  19. Bcre8ve says:

    They showed up for the Oceanic version of the “Forward on Climate” Rally.

    Its their environment too.

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