Our Dolphin Watch Adventures have been very popular lately, both with our guest (thanks to you) and with the dolphins! During the last several cruises, the Spinners have approached us just North of the harbor at Crystal Cove. Typically, we’re seeing pods of around 50 (though it’s hard to count) and we’ve seen the full gamut of aerial behaviors as the dolphins accompany us down the coastline. We’re seeing dolphins of all ages too…and those cute little calves really capture our attention. We’re not sure if their end-over-end spins are intentional or just a result of uncoordinated enthusiasm!
We still have space available on Thursday’s Dolphin Watch Adventure departing from Kawaihae Harbor at 8:00 am, and on Saturday’s cruise departing from Kaun’oa Bay fronting the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Feel free to give us a call at 886-6666 ext. 103 for more information and reservations.
Dolphin Fact of the Day: Spinner Dolphins (actually all dolphins) have two voices–.the more sonic voice (the one we can hear from the boat as the dolphins travel near us ) consists of a vocabulary of clicks and whistles, jaw snaps, flipper snaps and splashes. The inaudible (to us) voice is echolocation. Dolphins can “hear” the echoes from their clicks bouncing off objects in the distance. Research shows that they are able to use this information to determine the location of an object, its size, its shape and even whether it’s a living object.
On Wednesday, we ran two exclusive charters on Alala out of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. On the first trip, we encountered a pod of about 20 Spinners just outside of Crystal Cove (past the Pioneer building near Kawaihae Harbor) at about 9:30. At 10:30, we saw the same pod in the same location, but now there were about 50 dolphins! On our second trip, we went back to the same location, and saw what was probably the original pod…but they had been joined by even more dolphins, so we saw about 70 animals in all! We didn’t see any small calves in the group, but we did see several sub-adults. And the Dolphins did come to the boat to bow surf — they performed only a few spins and tail lobs.
Dolphin Fact of the Day. Researchers believe that Spinner Dolphins perform a large percentage of their aerial behaviors because it’s “their job”. It’s been observed that the frequency of leaps and spins increases right around the time the dolphins are waking up and heading out to sea in the early evening. Perhaps the dolphins can echo locate the bubble plumes created when they land from a spin more easily than they can echo locate each other — which means that spinning might be a great way to keep track of the rest of the pod. Of course, a lot of the spins may be performed for the same reasons that Humpback Whales breach….to knock off parasites, or just because it’s fun!