Dolphins scramble near a boat off the coast

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. – A group of whale watchers were startled last week when they witnessed a “rush” by a large pod of dolphins near their boat off Oceanside.

Video submitted to FOX 5 by whale-watching group Oceanside Adventures shows more than a dozen dolphins playfully interacting with a boat on the Pacific Ocean last Thursday.

In the video, a woman can be seen recording the “rout” from the deck of the boat as the dolphins swim in and out of the water right next to the boat.

According to the Pacific Beach Coalition, Southern California waters are home to more than 10 different species of dolphins, and the majestic animals can be found offshore year-round, but primarily in fall and winter.

The American Cetacean Society (ACS) says packs like the one in the video above are actually not uncommon for dolphins.

“Common dolphins are often found in large herds of hundreds or even thousands,” the ACS says on its website.

Additionally, the animal is well known for its playful and engaging tendencies when it comes to boats and ships on the water.

“They are known to ride the waves from the bow and stern of boats, often changing course to ride the pressure waves of fast ships and even large whales,” reads a description of the animal on the website. the ACS.

Earlier this year, another ‘scramble’ wowed crowds near Newport Beach as hundreds of dolphins swam alongside a whale-watching group just before sunset. You can watch the video of this event here.

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