Spectacular dolphin stampede spotted off coast of Dana Point - Video

DANA POINT, Calif. (KABC) -- A spectacular sight off the coast of Dana Point was captured on video - a dolphin stampede!

Passengers on Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari witnessed the mesmerizing event.

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Roughly 400 dolphins were seen leaping out of the water.

Experts say the cause of dolphin stampedes is unknown.

The theory is that the dolphins may be racing to catch a food source or meet up with another pod of dolphins.

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