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Dolphins Stampede Off Dana Point, Calif.

Our whale watchers experienced a once in a lifetime thrill when hundreds of common dolphins, without warning or provocation, began porpoising at high speed out of the water. Often referred to as a dolphin stampede, this breathtaking behavior can happen at any time and without any apparent cause. Porpoising is the fastest mode of travel for dolphins because there is less resistance in air than water.

Southern California has the greatest density of dolphins per square mile than anywhere else on earth. This includes nearly 450,000 common dolphins, the species in this video. Dana Point is one of the best places in the world to see large mega-pods that can number in herds of up to 10,000.

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Watch a Dolphin Stampede From a Drone

Captain Dave received worldwide acclaim for his breathtaking dolphin stampede footage that was filmed with a drone in 2014. His five minute video contains some of the most beautiful, jaw-dropping, footage of dolphins and whales ever taken with a drone!


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