A massive “super pod” or “mega pod” of more than 1,000 dolphins was caught on camera on Saturday off the coast of Laguna Beach.
“It was an amazing pod of dolphins. We have been seeing some really large pods lately. They’ve been feeding and there’s tons of birds,” Newport Coastal Adventure owner Ryan Lawler told The Orange County Register.
However, the weekend sighting of the long-beaked common dolphins was a more rare and impressive event.
“Because there were so many birds, they were definitely feeding and chasing around anchovies,” Lawler said. “Those dolphins were packed so tightly, they were not spread out.”
Lawler's company posted video of the mega-pod on Facebook.
The mega pod is a sight that never gets old, Lawler explained.
“You don’t see it every day, you don’t see a pod that impressive,” he told the OCR, noting the large pods only happen every few months, most not as impressive as what they saw on Saturday. “That’s why I was so excited, what a great opportunity.”
Dolphins typically remain in core groups of about 25 to 50, but sometimes they will come together with other pods to form a mega pod.