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Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:07 AM

Umm . . . where are these 100,00 or so dolphins going?

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Don’t Panic, But Thousands of Dolphins Were Spotted Swimming Away Off the Coast of San Diego



Amazing seven mile long super mega-pod of thousand dolphins spotted off the coast of San Diego


An ultra-rare "super mega-pod" of dolphins was spotted last week off the coast of San Diego by passengers aboard a whale watching tour boat.

According to the boat's captain, Joe Dutra, the pod was some 7 miles long by 5 miles wide, and consisted of some 100,000 common dolphins.

"They were coming from all directions, you could see them from as far as the eye can see," he told NBC 7. "I've seen a lot of stuff out here… but this is the biggest I've ever seen, ever."


read: http://gawker.com/5984981/dont-panic-but-thousands-of-dolphins-were-spotted-swimming-away-off-the-coast-of-san-diego?utm_campaign=socialflow_gawker_twitter&utm_source=gawker_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow


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Reply Umm . . . where are these 100,00 or so dolphins going? (Original post)
bigtree Feb 2013 OP
aikoaiko Feb 2013 #1
AlbertCat Feb 2013 #30
union_maid Feb 2013 #57
Scuba Feb 2013 #2
el_bryanto Feb 2013 #3
intaglio Feb 2013 #4
Arkansas Granny Feb 2013 #7
bigtree Feb 2013 #11
Greybnk48 Feb 2013 #5
DirkGently Feb 2013 #12
Granny M Feb 2013 #25
RedCappedBandit Feb 2013 #46
Egalitarian Thug Feb 2013 #62
april Feb 2013 #6
bunnies Feb 2013 #9
bigtree Feb 2013 #13
okieinpain Feb 2013 #52
Bosonic Feb 2013 #8
jpak Feb 2013 #10
warrior1 Feb 2013 #14
bigtree Feb 2013 #15
Baitball Blogger Feb 2013 #16
pinboy3niner Feb 2013 #21
Baitball Blogger Feb 2013 #23
freshwest Feb 2013 #50
Coyotl Feb 2013 #26
redqueen Feb 2013 #17
loudsue Feb 2013 #18
tavalon Feb 2013 #19
ewagner Feb 2013 #36
GoneOffShore Feb 2013 #49
slackmaster Feb 2013 #20
bigtree Feb 2013 #22
Spitfire of ATJ Feb 2013 #32
lastlib Feb 2013 #24
valerief Feb 2013 #27
kestrel91316 Feb 2013 #28
slackmaster Feb 2013 #44
Orrex Feb 2013 #29
Botany Feb 2013 #31
bigtree Feb 2013 #37
Botany Feb 2013 #41
bigtree Feb 2013 #43
Skittles Feb 2013 #53
bigtree Feb 2013 #59
Skittles Feb 2013 #63
Tommy_Carcetti Feb 2013 #33
bigtree Feb 2013 #35
hobbit709 Feb 2013 #34
catbyte Feb 2013 #38
JHB Feb 2013 #39
matt819 Feb 2013 #40
pinboy3niner Feb 2013 #42
bigtree Feb 2013 #45
NightWatcher Feb 2013 #47
bigtree Feb 2013 #48
KittyWampus Feb 2013 #51
Berlum Feb 2013 #55
MFM008 Feb 2013 #54
CanonRay Feb 2013 #56
quaker bill Feb 2013 #58
Tree-Hugger Feb 2013 #60
bigtree Feb 2013 #61
Tree-Hugger Feb 2013 #64

Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:11 AM

1. Dolphopalooza


Rawk

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Response to aikoaiko (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:48 AM

30. Dolphopalooza

Burning Dolphin

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Response to AlbertCat (Reply #30)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 07:34 AM

57. Totally

I was going to say Dolphinfest. Either way, don't eat the brown kelp!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:14 AM

2. Wow.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:15 AM

3. As I understand it Aguaman has resigned as king of atlantis in favor of a parliamentary system

Those dolphins are probably just caucusing to elect their three representatives to the Undersea Senate.

Wait until mid March when the whales have their caucus; then you'll really see something.

Bryant

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:19 AM

4. I just hope it's not goodbye

And thanks for all the fish

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Response to intaglio (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:28 AM

7. lol. My first thought, too.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:05 AM

11. dolphins can see the future

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:20 AM

5. So long, and thanks for all the fish? n/t

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Response to Greybnk48 (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:07 AM

12. 8)

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Response to Greybnk48 (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:11 AM

25. Yes, the dolphins' parting words..... nt

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Response to Greybnk48 (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:01 PM

46. They tried to warn us

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Response to Greybnk48 (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 02:08 PM

62. "For instance, on the planet Earth,

 

man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons."

But in the end it turns out it was always the mice.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:21 AM

6. maybe something bad is going to happen

just like in the forests when there is a fire all of the creatures run ......

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Response to april (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:30 AM

9. my thoughts too.

earthquake maybe?

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Response to bunnies (Reply #9)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:14 AM

13. don't panic

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Response to april (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 02:12 AM

52. surprised no one said

earthquake.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:30 AM

8. Nuzzle the picture you like, Flipper







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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:36 AM

10. The Call of Cthulhu

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:22 AM

14. probably chasing food

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Response to warrior1 (Reply #14)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:38 AM

15. wonder how large a meal is waiting for a 7 mile long mass of dolphins

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Response to bigtree (Reply #15)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:41 AM

16. Baitball!

Waahhh, the horror!

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #16)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:00 AM

21. You would know!

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #21)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:04 AM

23. Boy, do I.

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Response to bigtree (Reply #15)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 01:29 AM

50. That bait ball is history!

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Response to warrior1 (Reply #14)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:24 AM

26. Herding would be more likely

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:43 AM

17. "Grab your towel and prepare to make way for a hyperspace bypass."

Best start to an article ever.

Also, getting drunk wouldn't hurt.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:49 AM

18. It's time for the earth to flip over.

Maybe they're moving to the "new" San Diego.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:52 AM

19. So long, and thanks for all the fish.............

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Response to tavalon (Reply #19)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:04 PM

36. Departing on the ship

...with the "improbability Drive"......

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Response to tavalon (Reply #19)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:49 PM

49. You beat me to it.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:57 AM

20. They're probably following the Humboldt Squid outbreak - LINK ADDED

 

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #20)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:03 AM

22. they were beaching themselves in pretty large numbers on the Pacific coast a short while back

. . . known to hunt in packs of as many as 1,200.

Barely a snack for a 7X5 mile mass of dolphins, I would think.

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #20)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:56 AM

32. So it's, "Thanks for all the squid"?

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:06 AM

24. Do.Not.Panic.



Nothing to see here, move along.......

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:32 AM

27. I wonder what was dumped off San Diego. nt

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:34 AM

28. I think these giant pods are fairly common here. I saw

one about 20 years ago off the SoCal coast. I took a boat trip out to Anacapa Island (one of the Channel Islands).

On the way out, the boat was surrounded by them as far as the eye could see. Some of them were clearly enjoying themselves racing the boat and darting in from of it.

When we got to the island and were walking around on top where you have such great views all around, you could see that same absolutely gigantic pod of dolphins circling the island clockwise, and it had to be hundreds of thousands of them. A truly remarkable sight.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #28)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 01:32 PM

44. I saw a VERY large pod about 500 miles off the coast in 1990

 

I was on a cruise from Hawaii to San Diego courtesy of the Navy.

The dolphins were intrigued by the ship. They tracked with us for about an hour, playing in the wake. I couldn't tell how many there were, but it was at least in the hundreds.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:42 AM

29. Holy bottlenose bottleneck!

Got to admire their sense of porpoise.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:54 AM

31. could be they were just having fun and were talking to each other

Their brains are as developed as ours and maybe it was time for the dolphin
convention where they pick their new leaders.

Dolphin Political Parties.

Free Swimmers = Democrats
Beachers = Republicans

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Response to Botany (Reply #31)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:07 PM

37. dolphins aren't really all that intelligent

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Response to bigtree (Reply #37)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:51 PM

41. Good one



although the more folds in a brain the more "intelligence to the brain"

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Response to Botany (Reply #41)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 01:13 PM

43. okay . . . listen to me. For the last time


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Response to bigtree (Reply #37)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 03:20 AM

53. our hopes we will one day be able to communicate with dolphins

our fears they will cuss like sailors

Jack Handey

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Response to Skittles (Reply #53)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 01:10 PM

59. when dolphins make those cute whistles and clicking sounds


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Response to bigtree (Reply #59)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 05:12 PM

63. LOL

I wonder what they REALLY think of us under those adorable smiling faces

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:58 AM

33. Here you go:

http://www.theonion.com/articles/dolphins-evolve-opposable-thumbs,284/

Dolphins Evolve Opposable Thumbs


HONOLULU–In an announcement with grave implications for the primacy of the species of man, marine biologists at the Hawaii Oceanographic Institute reported Monday that dolphins, or family Delphinidae, have evolved opposable thumbs on their pectoral fins.

One of the evolved dolphins, whose opposable thumbs have struck fear in the hearts of humankind.

"I believe I speak for the entire human race when I say, 'Holy fuck,'" said Oceanographic Institute director Dr. James Aoki, noting that the dolphin has a cranial capacity 40 percent greater than that of humans. "That's it for us monkeys."

Aoki strongly urged humans, especially those living near the sea, to learn to communicate using a system of clicks and whistles in a frequency range of 4 to 150 kHz. He also encouraged humans to "start practicing their echolocation as soon as possible."

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(As an aside, this is the second straight post where I've responded by posting an Onion story. Don't judge.)

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #33)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:02 PM

35. Dolphin fin-bump


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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:59 AM

34. Remember when all the elephants headed for the hills just before the tsunami hit

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:09 PM

38. My guess is a Dolphin Pow wow, LOL. awesome.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:29 PM

39. It's the centenial all-ocean Squeeeakakak Family Reunion

Get 'em all together, and it's one big jamboree!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:35 PM

40. Reacting to infrasound from the meteor strike? (nt)

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:53 PM

42. One of them answered "Polo" waaaaay out there

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #42)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 08:30 PM

45. 'Marco!"





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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:06 PM

47. Just the Pacific White-sided Dolphins heading out to the deep

Sorry, but its a common occurrence although it is neat to see.

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #47)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:45 PM

48. yup, pod of dolphins. Common occurence


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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 01:39 AM

51. It's their version of a Rainbow Gathering.

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Response to KittyWampus (Reply #51)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 06:08 AM

55. Everybody Rainbow Hop - de bop bop

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 05:35 AM

54. going on vacation?

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 07:32 AM

56. Going to attack the Japanese fishing fleet?

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 07:36 AM

58. You only need to worry if they said "thanks for all the fish"....

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 01:52 PM

60. Ultra rare?

This has happened for years off the coast of California and usually around the same time of year.

Maybe they are part of an Occupy group.

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Response to Tree-Hugger (Reply #60)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 01:58 PM

61. you think you've seen it all . . . then

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Response to bigtree (Reply #61)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 07:13 PM

64. There they go

Dolphin on seal love....this will corrupt the moral foundation of this country!

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