Dolphins

Dolphins as Far as the Eye Can See Off SoCal Coast

A pod of what are believed to be thousands of dolphins began to "stampede" near a Newport Landing Whale Watching boat last Sunday.

NBCUniversal Media, LLC

Whale watchers got a treat of a different marine mammal kind off the SoCal coast recently.

A pod of what are believed to be thousands of dolphins began to "stampede" near a Newport Landing Whale Watching boat last Sunday.

The dolphins repeatedly jumped out of the water in sight of the boat, which was just off Newport Beach.

The creature was a Pacific footballfish, a type of deep-sea anglerfish made famous in 'Finding Nemo' that has a little bioluminescent light on top of its head that acts as a lure

The cetaceans are believed to save energy when they leap out of water.

Jessica Roame, the education manager for Newport Landing & Davey’s Locker Whale Watching, said experts don't know what causes dolphins to stampede.

Some theories: predator evasion or chasing a food source.

"Southern California is one of the best places in the world to see large pods of dolphin on a regular basis," Roame said.

Contact Us