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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:35 PM

Boat caught in middle of dolphin stampede




It was a rare, breathtaking sight: In a flash, a pod of about 1,000 common dolphins began a stampede, churning across the blue-gray waters off Dana Point at a rapid pace.

Dave Anderson, the captain of Capt. Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari, said that in the decades he's spent on the water and out among Southern California's dense dolphin population, it's a phenomenon he's encountered only rarely.

Yet last weekend, it happened again ... and it happened twice: once on Saturday afternoon and again on Sunday morning. Boat hands captured Sunday's stampede on video.

"It's one of those things you can hope for it, but you can't plan for it," he said.

"It's one of the most amazing things I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot of beautiful and interesting things" on the water.

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Reply Boat caught in middle of dolphin stampede (Original post)
n2doc Jan 2013 OP
underpants Jan 2013 #1
shraby Jan 2013 #2
catbyte Jan 2013 #5
CrispyQ Jan 2013 #6
cbayer Jan 2013 #3
formercia Jan 2013 #12
cbayer Jan 2013 #13
formercia Jan 2013 #21
Art_from_Ark Jan 2013 #22
formercia Jan 2013 #23
greytdemocrat Jan 2013 #4
Scuba Jan 2013 #7
slackmaster Jan 2013 #8
Budgies Revenge Jan 2013 #9
freshwest Jan 2013 #10
bongbong Jan 2013 #11
benld74 Jan 2013 #14
Earth_First Jan 2013 #15
Lochloosa Jan 2013 #19
Earth_First Jan 2013 #20
malaise Jan 2013 #16
tblue37 Jan 2013 #17
mokawanis Jan 2013 #18
nc4bo Jan 2013 #24

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:39 PM

1. Fox News says that the NRA is claiming they were all going to get guns before Obama takes them away

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:40 PM

2. Maybe they are having a big race.

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Response to shraby (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:48 PM

5. "Last one to the reef is a rotten flounder!"



What an awesome experience that must've been! Our zodiac was surrounded by a pod of only around 24 dolphins while we were whalewatching between Maui & Lanai several years ago, and I will never forget it. Cetaceans are magical.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:55 PM

6. ~lol.



That was sooooo cool! What a treat to have seen that!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:42 PM

3. We have experienced these on several occasions.

We could see them coming miles off and they stayed with us for a very, very long time.

They love to play in the wake created by the bow of the boat - racing, rolling and darting back and forth.

It is truly magical and anyone who has the great fortune to be in the middle of one will have a rapturous experience.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:05 PM

12. I witnessed one off of Cape Hatteras

We were heading South and they, North. At one point they covered an area as far as the eye could see, in all directions. It happened in 1965. I doubt if anyone will ever see that many Dolphins in one place again.

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Response to formercia (Reply #12)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:11 PM

13. It feels like they are personally visiting you, doesn't it?

And no matter how much video you take or still pictures or anything, you just can't share that experience.

I feel so very fortunate, as I am sure you do.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #13)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 07:32 AM

21. You're right

All I could do was sit there and go..WOW!! If I had a camera, I probably would have forgotten to pick it up.

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Response to formercia (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 07:39 AM

22. Wow!

I hope someday to be able to have such an experience!

The closest I've come to that is when I was staying at a hotel on the banks of Lake Chicot, Arkansas, and was awakened to the sound of tens of thousands of ducks flying low above the waters of the lake. My only regret is that I did not have a video camera to record the spectacle.

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Response to Art_from_Ark (Reply #22)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 10:59 AM

23. I wish everyone could have witnessed it in person.

It would make it so much easier to protect the Environment and our fellow Earthlings.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:43 PM

4. Very cool!! nt

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:57 PM

7. Color me green with envy.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:59 PM

8. I've been in that situation a few times, also VERY close to them while bodysurfing. They're huge...

 

...when they're four feet away, and they swim a whole lot better than you can.

And it's a good thing it wasn't a stampede of Miami football fans.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:03 PM

9. So long, and thanks for all the fish! nt

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:27 PM

10. How beautiful they are. Thanks.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:30 PM

11. One time whilst reaching thru the Windwards

 

my boat was surrounded by, it must've been 200, dolphins. Quite a sight.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:30 PM

14. Amazing! THanks for the post

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:35 PM

15. Seems dangerous for the dolphins...

I know dolphins being extremel agile and whatnot, however in a pod of that size; it seems dangerous to the safety of the dolphins to purposely navigate a boat that close to this......

Maybe not.

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #15)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:02 PM

19. The boat wasn't that close...the dophins chose to be that close.

Trust me...i've been on the water my whole life...they were cool.

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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #19)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 04:37 AM

20. No doubt...

As I stated, I had wasn't entirely sure.

I'm glad for the sake of everyone involved that being able to see something that amazing is safe for all...

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:53 PM

16. Lovely

Thanks

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:14 PM

17. Maybe it's their version of the Boston Marathon! nt

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:23 PM

18. Experienced it one time

when I was visiting a friend in Malibu. They came up on us from behind and swarmed all around the boat. Truly an awesome experience.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:08 AM

24. Sometimes I think God's/Humankind's creatures do this to remind us they are there

humans aren't alone and our waters/lands should be protected for all of us. Like a big HEY! YOU!! Remember we're here, please protect us and the environment!

Absolutely stunning sight this is!

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