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Spinner dolphins never stop talking. Even from the level that snorkelers inhabit--the water’s surface--dolphins’ chatter resounds clearly from hundreds of feet below...then dozens and finally just a few feet below as they swim toward the surface en masse. On Hawaii’s west coast, the dolphins swim and play in several shallow bays including Kealakekua, Pu`uhonua O H┼Źnaunau, and Ho’okena.

The dolphins are pirouetting skyward. The whole school of them rotates along one axis, but there are solos and doublets amidst the larger symphony. Two dolphins swim side by side, touching fins like a couple holds hands. Another pair twirls, stomach to stomach, while ascending.

They break the surface in unison, cavorting across the plane of water like gravity had suspended itself momentarily. After a brief moment of fins roiling the water, some begin airborne acrobatics. Spinner dolphins can breach, of course, but not merely arc across the water to return. Some launch from the water, then fall wit…

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