Don't Panic, But Thousands of Dolphins Were Spotted Swimming Away Off the Coast of San Diego

Grab your towel and prepare to make way for a hyperspace bypass.

An ultra-rare "super mega-pod" of dolphins was spotted last week off the coast of San Diego by passengers aboard a whale watching tour boat.

According to the boat's captain, Joe Dutra, the pod was some 7 miles long by 5 miles wide, and consisted of some 100,000 common dolphins.

"They were coming from all directions, you could see them from as far as the eye can see," he told NBC 7. "I've seen a lot of stuff out here… but this is the biggest I've ever seen, ever."

While the formation of super-pods officially remains a mystery, marine mammal expert Sarah Wilkin believes the dolphins were attracted to the "abundance of food in the area," and added that it was "not unheard of" for multiple schools of dolphins to "come together."

No word from the tourists if there was any attempt on the part of the dolphins to communicate gratitude following the conclusion of the feast.

Correction: This post previously featured a video that was misleadingly tagged as having been captured during the dolphin sighting described above. It was, in fact, captured during a dolphin stampede which occurred last year.

[photo via Antonio Ramirez via NBC 7 via @nycjim]