The species of dolphins filmed yesterday was determined to be the Pacific white-sided dolphin, according to Dr Lance Barrett-Lennard, head of
whale and dolphin research at Vancouver Aquarium.
This species of dolphin is known to travel in large pods of 50 to 200 and as big as 2,000 but Dr Barrett-Lennard called their appearance in the Strait
as a 'rare and unique occurrence'.
edit on 11/6/13 by Vasa Croe because: (no reason given)
edit on 11/6/13 by Vasa Croe because: (no reason
This quote comes from another source on the article that seems to have spotted the superpod a couple days before while doing aerial research.
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
I think they are meeting to discuss the effects of the garbage washing this way from Japan. Some of them want to clean the stuff up but the elders
say it is too risky because of the radiation.
I actually have no clue as to why they are there. Maybe there is a rock bass fest
One of the articles alluded to following a food source and that a pod of Orcas had come through about 45 minutes earlier. It also said it would take
a LARGE food source to feed that many dolphin.
I believe these are considered coastal dolphins which from what I have read tend to stay close to their food source and ONLY migrate when the source
Would like to know what massive food source had this many dolphin leaving the area in chase.
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