The Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii is a wonderful place for people of all ages to experience the thrill of observing big ocean animals and today was no exception! The experienced and knowledgeable crew of Jack’s Diving Locker had two families out on one of the Dolphin/Whale Watch and Snorkel Cruise trips and it was a day to remember!
Captain Kawika (a.k.a. the dolphin whisperer) headed north to Garden Eel cove where a friendly pod of spinner dolphins played in the bright blue sea. Spinner dolphins (Stenalla longirostris) are one of the most acrobatic of all cetaceans and love to leap out of the water and spin several times on a longitudinal axis. The Hawaiian Spinner is typically 5′-7′ in length with a three toned color pattern that adds to their beauty.
The people on the boat today also got to see Humpback Whales – two adults and two calves cruise by. These whales are one of the most energetic species of large whales and are well known for their explosive breaching behavior. With a species name of Megaptera novaeangliae (loosely translated as big winged whales New England), these endangered whales have worldwide distribution. The crew also placed a hydrophone in the water and everyone got to hear the humpbacks sing.
Two sightings of two cetaceans just wasn’t enough for Jack’s owner and amazing waterman, Jeff Leicher. He wanted more – so the boat headed to the manta cleaning station and the snorkelers slipped into the water to view these majestic ocean animals. Manta rays very common to see on the world famous Manta Ray Night Snorkel, but day time sightings are special indeed!
When asked about the day, snorkel guide Josh de la Torre stated, “Living the dream!”