A typical dolphin pod, or family, consists of about 12 individuals. So this video is beyond astonishing: roughly 2,000 dolphins all together as they race a whale-watching boat.
The boat was off Dana Point, Calif., when it came upon this “mega-superpod.” The dolphins paced the boat at up to 25 miles per hour.
According to the CBS Evening News, scientists said the huge group might have been racing the boat just “for fun.”
MSNBC, on the other hand, proposed that the dolphins were perhaps staging a mass rally in support of the Declaration of Cetacean Rights, which was presented a week ago at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Vancouver.
And here’s another dolphin stampede, this one from 2006 in the Sea of Cortez: