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Since living her on Maui, we have really only had the opportunity of swimming with Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins a handful of times, I mean really swimming and engaging with them. This past April we took a trip over to the Island of Lanai where we knew of a place that Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins or ‘Nai’a’ can be found resting during the day in close to shore. Here are a few photos from that morning:
This photo is one of our favorites, the silhouette of the dolphins brings to life the feeling we had while snorkeling with them. Sometimes out of the corner of your eye you would see these shadows bursting by. Whenever you are in the ocean you can’t help to hope that those shadows would be from these agile and gentle creatures instead of those other agile and not always so gentle creatures… although we would love to photograph those guys as well. Swimming with dolphins feels like an out of body experience, as though your body is there but you are really looking down and watching it from above. To think that an animal as intelligent as humans if not more shows no signs of agitation towards you as an intruder, instead they tolerate you or they interact with you. When their eyes lock onto yours there are no words to describe the feeling. We can only show you in images.
When we got out of the water a man approached me and informed us that the he thought I was going to swim away with the dolphin. I would if I could! To be surrounded by hundreds of dolphins in magical…pure bliss.