Spinner Dolphins, Big Island, Hawaii.

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    Some days we roll up to a shore dive site and see dolphins playing on the surface. I try not to get too excited; while seeing dolphins is one of the great sights of the underwater world, it's rare while diving - conventional wisdom is that dolphins don't like the sound of regulators. More times then not, by the time we gear up and get into the water, they're gone.

    But occasionally, they stick around, and it's a riot. Last week was such a day. We finned out, dropped down, and were surrounded by spinners, in every direction, and at every depth in the water column. It was a hazy, cloudy day topside, and the images were all shot ambient light down to 60 ft., so they have a ghosty, airbrushed effect.

    I managed to get more then 50 of them in a single image, you can see it here: stevedunleavy.smugmug.com/Underwater/Kona-Underwater/1457...

    Thanks for looking!

    rosiespoonerphotos, SusanKC, and 16 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Tom DiMatteo 48 months ago | reply

      Great shot Steve! I can appreciate the effort involved here..

    2. ken.hubbell 48 months ago | reply

      I hope I never have the opportunity for under water photography. I would spend my life savings and never go home.

      This is beautiful.

    3. Frans.Sellies 48 months ago | reply

      Great, very beautiful!

    4. andrew-M 48 months ago | reply

      Amazing , great shot !

    5. kendiving 48 months ago | reply

      Wow! So many... Awesome shot...

    6. Pat Ulrich 48 months ago | reply

      really cool -- what an experience that must have been!

    7. Ellie Stone 48 months ago | reply

      Wow! What a treat. Great capture.... you lucky bum =)

    8. Olancha Peak 48 months ago | reply

      That is really wonderful. I've seen dolphins playing with kids in the surf at Carpinteria but to be surrounded by so many must have been so exciting. Great shot!

    9. Mulewings~ 48 months ago | reply

      Man...I am SOOO jealous!
      Last night I was talking about returning to the Big Island.
      Just me and my camera, and a sense of adventure.
      Although I just snorkel!

    10. MarcLange 48 months ago | reply

      Nice soft light.

    11. M.A.Gibson 36 months ago | reply

      Very nice shot

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