Saturday, November 02, 2013

Dolphins as Far as the Eye Can See

Passengers on a BC Ferry from the Gulf Islands to Tsawwassen were treated to an amazing sight earlier this week. A pod of 1,000 white-sided dolphins swam along the side the ferry, a video of which was captured by a passenger.
As reported by Global News:
Lance Barrett-Lennard, head of whale and dolphin research at the Vancouver Aquarium, says they were aware of this enormous pod for two days due to their B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network, which is a volunteer program that helps track dolphins, whales and turtles. From aerial video footage, Barrett-Lennard was able to determine it’s the Pacific White-sided dolphin in the super-sized pod.
The species, he says, is known to be gregarious and travel in pods of 50 to 200 and sometimes can grow to numbers nearing 2,000 but what makes this “a rare and unique occurrence” is where they were roaming.
“Normally you’d see pods this size on the outside of Vancouver Island, where they’ve been swimming off shore,” Barrett-Lennard says. “Even though there’s been more recent showings of dolphins in the Strait of Georgia, it’s very rare to get such a large number in Howe Sound.”
Pods of dolphins of this size have never been seen in this area before.

Check out the video below:

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