The answer to this question varies greatly. The size of the pod depends on the species of the dolphin as well as where it resides. Inshore dolphins, i.e. intertidal dwelling, are typically seen in groups of anywhere from 1-10 members. Offshore dolphins, i.e. ocean dwelling, are seen in groups of around 1-25. However some species such as the Spotted dolphin may even be seen in groups as large as 500!
Dolphins meet in pods cosisting of up to a dozen individuals for purposes such as mating, hunting, and protecting each other. Sometimes, individual pods meet up in areas that have an abundance of food, and they form a superpod. However, these superpods only exist for a short period of time.
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