A beautiful new video shows hundreds of dolphins in a group known as a “superpod” dashing along the coast near Monterey, California.

“It’s a very special sighting nearshore of one of the ocean’s magical moments often hidden away from human observation, but to the dolphins it was probably just another Monday,” said Patrick Webster, a member of Monterey Bay Aquarium’s social media team, which captured the hunt on video.

Aquarium staffers saw a big group this time last year from their back deck. But land lovers were close enough this week to catch a glimpse, he said.

Pods commonly hunt in family or related groups, and they typically grow to about a few dozen, or maybe even a hundred, Webster told NPR.

The aquarium posted a mesmerizing video, featuring the dolphins moving in and out of the water set to music, to Twitter on Wednesday.

While it’s not unusual for dolphins to band together in superpods, it’s rare that people can see these formations so close to shore.

“It was one of the most amazing experiences to see the water be alive with squeaking and splashing dolphins,” Webster told the Los Angeles Times. “They’ll hop up and take a look at you, and you can see they’re checking you out.”



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