Spectacular 300 Dolphin Stampede Wows Whale Watchers in Southern California

August 15, 2020 Updated: August 15, 2020

Some 300 dolphins were caught on camera on Aug. 9, Sunday, stampeding across the ocean near Dana Point, the Orange County Register reported.

The minutes-long video captured by Capt. Dave’s Whale Watching Safari shows dolphins leaping several feet into the air above the glistening waters, wowing those aboard the boat.

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This photo provided by Capt. Dave’s Whale Watching Safari shows some of 300 dolphins caught on camera Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, stampeding across the ocean near Dana Point, Calif. (Capt. Dave’s Whale Watching Safari via AP)

Dolphins move fastest while porpoising out of the water since there is less resistance in the air than in water, the Register reported. It is unknown why pods of dolphins 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,” the charter company said in a statement.

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(Capt. Dave’s Whale Watching Safari via AP)

Dolphin sightings off the Orange County coastline are not uncommon. A dolphin pod caught stampeding in waters near Laguna Beach made news around the world last year.

Southern California is home to nearly 450,000 common dolphins, the species captured on video Sunday, the charter company said.

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A minutes-long video captured by Capt. Dave’s Whale Watching Safari shows dolphins leaping several feet into the air above the glistening waters. The Orange County Register reported that dolphins move fastest while porpoising out of the water since there is less resistance in the air than in water. (Capt. Dave’s Whale Watching Safari via AP)