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Dolphin "Stampede" Super-Pod Encounter

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Explorer Mike Horn and Photographer Chase Jarvis encounter a rare "super-pod" of dolphins off the coast of South Africa. Thousands and thousands of dolphins give Chase and crew a mind-blowing photo and video opportunity.

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Cam V (417)
Monday October 1, 2012, 3:02 pm
This isn‘t the first time we’ve seen a dolphin stampede with thousands of the marine mammals, but that doesn’t make this latest footage of a rare, “super-pod” event any less epic.

Photographer Chase Jarvis from Seattle captured the event, which he describes on his blog as a “top 10 life moment” off the coast of South Africa. Jarvis writes on his blog that he and a colleague were sailing when the water appeared to “boil” with bait fish for about a mile — in all directions. He calls this a “ball of bait fish.” Then they saw the dolphins.

Here’s his account:

Only then did we realize we were experiencing the rare “superpod” of dolphins. Not dozens, not hundreds, but thousands of them — so thick you could have walked across their backs had they been game for it.

As they approached our boat and quickly surrounded us, our cameras were blazing…every camera, iPhone, point-and-shoot, DSLR, GoPros, every camera imaginable was firing off frames…until we realized that they were with us, and that the moment was actually too rare to shoot photos. After just a few minutes, we all put down our cameras, we stopped talking, and we simply took in the beauty with our eyes. In all of my days as a photographer, there have only been a handful where I’ve been witnessing / participating in an event like this and simply stopped shooting to take it in. This was one of those moments.

See pictures here:

Barb K (1688)
Monday October 1, 2012, 3:16 pm
Wow. That must've been so awesome. I can only imagine how they felt. I love dolphins. Thank you, Cam!

Leslene Dunn (84)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 7:09 am
It must have been a beautiful sight, they are such magnificent creatures.

Roxanne Andrews (7)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 7:17 am
Ok got goosebumps. Beauitful!

Erika M (0)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 7:18 am
I can't begin to imagine how awe-inspiring and how honored they must have felt to be witness to such a beautiful event.

Donna Hamilton (159)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 7:18 am
Noted. Thanks.

Daisy Correa-Bagnoli (3)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 7:37 am
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We must protect all animals on Earth!!!!

Veronique L (209)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 8:09 am
Wow.....I have never had the chance to see ONE single dolphin!!

Cam V (417)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 1:12 pm
Went on a Panama Canal Cruise a number of years ago and the dolphins used to follow the ship and dance in the wake at the back end of it. Many mornings the wife and I took coffee there and just sat for hours watching them play. Very smart and beautiful animals for sure!

Intan Surya Dawood (3)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 12:18 am
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