As the sun began to rise on False Bay off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, the folks from Shark Explorers were en route to see sharks near Seal Island on Saturday when they came upon an incredible sight.
"2,000-plus common dolphin on our way to the island this morning!!" is how Morne Hardenberg, founder of Shark Explorers, described it on Instagram, where he posted video of the phenomenon known as a super pod:
"I want to listen to this and watch this all day," one commenter on Instagram wrote.
Anti Three, a nonprofit animal rights organization, posted the video on Facebook with this description of the common dolphin:
"The common dolphin is not the dolphin of popular imagination despite its name; that distinction belongs to the bottlenose dolphin (genus Tursiops) due to its widespread use in marine parks and its appearance in the television series Flipper. However, this dolphin was the most frequently represented in the art and literature of ancient Greece and Rome…
"Nature always astounds us."