Humpback Whale and Dolphin Play Off Kauai

by Owen James Burke

A humpback whale and a bottlenose dolphin play around off Kauai, Hawaii.

Bottlenose dolphins are well-known for riding the bow waves of boats and other larger animals, but it appears that they’ll also find fun in making a slide out of the humpback whale’s nose.

“The whale very slowly—and vertically—lifted the dolphin into the air. I expected the dolphin to wriggle atop the humpback’s head to get off, but it just laid still and arched, trying to stay on top of the whale’s snout. In this frame the dolphin was beginning its slippery return to the sea. Once back in the ocean, the dolphin swiftly swam away with the other dolphin, leaping joyfully as if they had just scored a coup!”

-Lori Mazzuca, Photographer

*via adventuresoftheblackgang and mnh*

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