Some lucky whale watchers in Dana Point, CA were treated to an amazing display of a dolphin superpod! There was an about 2,000 dolphins participating in the stampede as they collectively worked together to form a mob to gather food. Dolphins are smart creations and some species have actually developed socially communal and cooperative hunting practices, meaning they’ve figured out that searching for food in larger numbers is better and more efficient than doing it alone.
Dolphins normally live in pods with up to a dozen members, but groups of them will work together to hunt as seen in the footage. Events like this communal food gathering normally has more than 1,000 members and this particular superpod is “probably determined by the number of dolphins able to be sustained by the school of prey,” according to Animal Planet News.