According to NOAA, Southern California has the greatest density of dolphins in the world. There are reportedly pods up to 10,000 dolphins stampeding like buffalo on dryland in the American West or wildebeests in Africa.
A stampede is a situation where a group of animals move in the same direction, either on dryland or in the open water. If a swimmer in the Catalina Channel were swimming in the path of a stampede of hundreds or thousands of dolphins, what should they do?
Bruckner Chase advises, “Keep swimming. Dolphins know where there bodies are within less than an eighth of an inch. They don’t hit anything they don’t mean to hit. This happened to me in Monterey Bay. Dolphins covered the horizon and swam right at me.”
Tina Neill advises, “Embrace the experience. Swimmers must realize how insignificant we truly are out in the ocean.”