This is the incredible moment when hundreds of dolphins formed a superpod to devour a school of fish – before being knocked down by three humpback whales in front of two bewildered fishermen.
Quay Tame, 26, and brother Devon, 28, of Cape Town, South Africa, were fishing near Fish Hoek in False Bay when they saw the distant blue sea unexpectedly turn into a choppy white foam.
The brothers threw bait from their fishing boat Wizard when they decided instead to catch up and ride out of curiosity about the commotion about a mile away.
But to their surprise, they came across hundreds of dolphins forming two separate superpods and swimming in circles to catch and feed a school of fish.
Unbelievable imagery Captured by the brothers showcases the majestic dolphins leaping in and out of the choppy waters before being astonishingly joined by three humpback whales.
Kade Tame, 26, and brother Devon, 28, from Cape Town, South Africa, were fishing near Fish Hoek in False Bay when they encountered a superpod of hundreds of dolphins (pictured)
In the video, a giant humpback whale, which can grow up to 16 meters high and weigh up to 30 tons, can be seen from the waves at the center of the circle of ravenous dolphins.
Kade, who runs the naturopathy company The Fulvic Revolution, explained, “ We realized when we got close that about 1000 dolphins were jumping in and out of the water and creating some kind of wide long barrier and couldn’t understand it.
Then we saw an estimated 1,000 more dolphins in the distance heading straight for the other dolphins from Muizenberg, and we just couldn’t figure out why they got together.
When the two superpods got together, we realized that the Muizenberg pod had driven a huge school of fish into a trap set by the other dolphins waiting for them.
Incredible images taken by the brothers (above) show the majestic dolphins leaping in and out of the choppy waters before being amazingly joined by three humpback whales
In the video, a giant humpback whale (center), which can grow up to 16 meters high and weigh up to 30 tons, can be seen emerging from the waves in the center of the circle of dolphins.
“With the prey fish all caught in the middle, the dolphins then began to jump into the water in a huge fast circle, spinning all the prey fish into a tight ball of sushi waiting to be eaten.”
In the video, Kade and Devon, who run the real estate arm of Hamilton’s Property Portfolio, can be heard laughing at the rare sight, while another boat also gazes at the stunning scene.
Kade, who is a businessman, said the dolphins disrupted the water so much during the lively food frenzy that their 18-foot boat even started spinning in circles.
He continued, ‘The dolphins created such a swirling current around the prey fish that our 18-foot fishing boat began to slowly turn in circles and then the dolphin feeding frenzy began.
But then with about two thousand dolphins jumping in and out of the water in a sea that looked more like a white water washing machine than an ocean, but the best was yet to come for us!
Suddenly a humpback whale arrived, followed by two others and decided they wanted to join the party and without a thank you to the dolphins the dolphins got stuck in the fish ball.
Kade, who is a businessman, said the dolphins disrupted the water so much during the feeding frenzy (above) that their 18-foot boat even started spinning in circles
Dolphins normally swim in groups of 20 to 50, but can congregate to make a larger school, and when there is a large amount of prey they congregate to form superpods (photo)
“It seemed like there was enough for everyone because the dolphins and whales were partying for about half an hour until all the food was gone and then they slowly drifted away.”
Dolphins, which can grow up to three meters long swim at speeds of up to 20 mph, eat up to 30 pounds of fish, squid and crustaceans a day and frequent the coast of South Africa.
While humpback whales consume up to 3,000 pounds of fish per day, so both groups of mammals had a great party just a mile out to sea.
Dolphins normally swim in families of 20 to 50, but can congregate to make a larger school, and when there is a large amount of prey, they congregate to form superpods.
Superpods of up to 10,000 dolphins have been recorded at once collecting fish into ‘bait balls’ and once the party is over, the intelligent and social creatures return to their pods.