By CBSLA Staff

NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA) — Hundreds of dolphins began to stampede next to a tour boat in Newport Beach Friday.

The stampede was captured by Newport Whales which offers whale watching and dolphin tours all year in Southern California.

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The pod of around 400 common dolphins swam alongside and in front of the Newport Coastal Adventure fast raft boat

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According to Jessica Roame, Education Manager for Newport Landing & Davey’s Locker Whale Watching, tiny dolphins could be seen next to larger dolphins, which is actually a mom and baby.

“When hundreds of dolphins do this together, we call this a stampede,” said Roame. “We don’t know exactly what causes common dolphins to stampede, but it’s thought that the dolphins could be evading a predator, or they might be catching up to a food source.”

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Roame said Southern California is one of the best places in the world to see large pods of dolphins on a regular basis, as they are in Newport Beach year-round.