Dolphin Superpod racing boat in Costa Rica caught on video

By: Ashley Gustafson


Dolphin pods are commonly seen swimming alongside boats and cruise line ships. We see it all the time in photographs, movies, and even art. The public’s fascination and admiration for dolphin of all kinds makes dolphin sightings a highlight of any excursion. Different dolphin species can be seen all around the world’s oceans and many tourist programs in destination towns rely on dolphin encounters and sightings to bring people in.

Dolphin Quick Facts

Dolphins are very smart and social animals that live in groups of 2-30 individuals depending not only on the species but the habitat conditions and composition of individual personalities as well. A “superpod” is a group of 1000 or more dolphins together. Normally dolphins exist in their normal pod relationships but in times of high food abundance or seasonal migrations multiple dolphin pods temporarily merge to make a “superpod”. These events are often seasonal as implied and are somewhat predictable but very rarely (if ever) caught on camera.

Some very lucky tourists off the coast of Costa Rica were able to catch are very rare sight; thousands of bottlenose dolphins racing alongside their excursion boat. It is estimated that 3000-5000 individual bottlenose dolphins were in attendance swimming and leaping out of the water on both sides and underneath the boat as well.

The Superpod Video

The video was shot by Orlando Marin, and while it is a rough video it is still amazing to see the countless number of dolphins as far as the frame allows. The video also features cheering and excitement as Marin’s fellow passengers watch the sight in awe. Watch the video below:

As I mentioned previously, bottlenose dolphins are a staple attraction for Costa Rican tourism. In fact, last year they starred in a natural history documentary titled “Dolphins- Spy in the Pod”. The documentary featured bottlenose dolphins in their everyday lives. Professional filmmakers were able to get the footage by installing cameras in robot tunas, turtles and squids which acted as the “spies”. Through the secret footage, the filmmakers discovered that these large communities of bottlenose dolphin were visiting a “spa”. The crew dubbed the site the “spa” since the dolphins would visit an outcrop of a coral reef to remove dead skin much like a human goes to the spa to get a facial or seaweed wrap. Discoveries like this keep the buzz for dolphins and tourism in Costa Rica going strong as well as allow us to learn more about these incredibly smart creatures.