Earlier this week we took a small zodiac boat again out to snorkel with dolphins off Kona. We had done this before but only saw the dolphins from a long distance. This day we got lucky and actually snorkeled while a pod played around us. We could hear the dolphins talking which was pretty cool. Hawaii has a mixture of many dolphins and we were in the water with Bottle Nose (Flipper) and Spinner Dolphins. The Spinner’s can do flips out of the water to include spinning as they fall. We were told they can do up to about 8 revolutions and did see some 4-6 revolutions, pretty impressive. It was almost like the dolphins were showing off for our applause, which they received. The dolphins hunt at night and sleep during the day. They are able to turn off one side of their brain which disables vision on one side as they “sleep”. Apparently, most of these dolphins were awake.
Being in the water with these graceful creatures was the coolest thing I have experienced here. They seem not afraid of people and appear curious. One dolphin actually looked up at us from below, while he swam on his back! We also saw a young dolphin copying all the swim moves of an adult. It was pretty neat!