Tue, 19 Feb 2013 05:26:30 GMT

''Super mega-pod'' of thousands of dolphins spotted on US coast

Washington, Feb 19 (PTI) A ''super mega-pod'' of 100,000 dolphins spanning across a massive 11 kilometres of ocean was sighted off the coast of San Diego in the US.

Though dolphins typically travel in groups of 200 or less, experts said "super-pods" are not unheard of.

Captain Joe Dutra of Hornblower Cruises said he saw a "super mega-pod" of common dolphins last week while he was on his daily tour.

Dutra said the boat tour followed the pod for more than an hour and said he has never seen anything like it, ''nbcsandiego.com'' reported.

"When you see something that is honestly truly beyond belief," the captain said, adding the pod was more than 11km long and 8km wide.

Guests aboard the boat started screaming and pointing when they first saw the school of adult and juvenile common dolphins. Dutra estimated there were about 100,000 dolphins swimming in the area.

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

Marine mammal expert Sarah Wilkin said the reason the large pod might be there is because there''s plenty of food in the area, including sardines, herring and squid.

"They are attracted to kind of the same thing, they might wind up in the same place.

"They''re definitely social animals, they stick together in small groups," she said.

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