SuperPod! (80 sec)

Patrick Webster, who has lived near Monterey Bay for 11 years, is no stranger to sea creatures. But this week was the first time he saw the ocean “come alive,” he said.  About 1,000 dolphins were racing along the shore in a “superpod,” jumping in and out of the water while chasing baitfish. “It was one of the most amazing experiences to see the water be alive with squeaking and splashing dolphins,” Webster said. “They’ll hop up and take a look at you, and you can see they’re checking you out.” The dolphins led the boat to several whales that were lunge feeding and bubble netting, which occurs when whales blow bubbles around a school of fish to trap them. The dolphins swam in and out of the whales’ feeding area, picking up their leftovers, making for a spectacular show that Webster captured on video. “They were just going to town,” Webster said. “It’s a super big deal to see so much wildlife all in the same spot…. For the animals, it’s probably just a regular day.”

(Source: Hundreds of dolphins race along Monterey Bay in ‘superpod’, Los Angeles Times, September 7, 2018)

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  1. Wow; David, that was quite spectacular… I’ve enjoyed seeing a ‘few’ dolphins surfing the waves, or following alongside whilst in a boat. But, this footage takes it to another level… 🙂

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  2. this would be amazing to witness –

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  3. Transfixed by their natural grace….

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  4. Seeing that many dolphins at one time would’ve been amazing.

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  5. Mezmarizing to watch on video, can only imagine what the live show was like.

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  6. Just when I started to get over California! It’s been 10 days 😔
    I walked the golden gate bridge back and forth 2 times, and I would have few more times if they let me. I was looking for whales.

    Spectacular. Thank you so much.

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  7. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Amazing nature … have always loved dolphins!!
    “It’s a super big deal to see so much wildlife all in the same spot…. For the animals, it’s probably just a regular day.”

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  8. What a fabulous capture – must have been awe-inspiring to see it live.

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  9. Oh, to have seen this in person!

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  10. roseanne333 says:

    Oh, to have seen this in person!

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  11. Glorious waterballet 😉

    I was however quite afraid/annoyed/questioning about that boat being so close by. Hoped it was a drone but it was visibly filmed from a boat (confirmed by your text)….. And if they (in the boat) had hit any of those dancing dolphins? I’m still suffocated and feel heart-racing by the few pics I viewed of that whale slaughter…. Yet NATURE is so absolutely wonderful and beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing this – we need more beauty, more silence, more peace.

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