Hundreds of dolphins race a boat in California – video

About 2,000 common dolphins were spotted 'stampeding' off the southern California coast

About 2,000 common dolphins were spotted stampeding off the southern California coast, a whale watching group reported.

The video, taken on February 22, which shows the dolphins swimming and leaping out of the water, was captured by a Newport Coastal Adventure crew member from a fast raft boat.

"Porpoising out of the water at a high rate of speed is the fastest mode of travel for dolphins because there is less resistance in the air than in water, which is why these dolphins move in this way when they're in a hurry," said Jessica Roame, education manager for Newport Landing & Davey's Locker Whale Watching.

She said the dolphins could be trying to get away from a predator, searching for food or reaching another pod, although it is not entirely known why they behave this way.

Updated: February 25, 2021 07:21 PM

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