Lanai City Travel Blog› entry 5 of 12 › view all entries
September 7th, 2009 – by: jenn79
The tour started off a bit rough, the lady at the desk checking people in was this messy farmgirl with a voice like a hoarse blowhorn. To say she was rough around the edges would be an understatement. We were meeting a lot of people working in Maui who were originally from Biloxi or some other middle-america town, and this is where I assume she was from. But as soon as we left her, the rest of the tour was AWESOME. It was low season, so when we boarded there were probably about 20 people on a good-sized boat that could probably have held 120.
The Lanai Dolphin excursion takes about 7 hours, and searches for pods of dolphins before and after a quick snorkeling stop. The Captain was AMAZING at spotting them, it's takes quite some skill to make out where they are - like a safari on the water. Many excursions will do awful things like plow into a pod of dolphins, and then proceed to throw food overboard so they'll stick around longer.
It was pretty funny, I have to say. I got so excited when the dolphins started swimming towards the boat that I must've looked like a madman just snapping my camera at arm's length as I spastically pointed with the other while jumping up and down. It was so exciting and I had to calm down to actually look through the viewfinder and take pictures.
It's impossible not to appreciate these beautiful creatures =) And once again, having seen them first in captivity, and then out here in the wild.. it's difficult not to realize what a difference there is. I can't help but be really sad for all animals kept against their will out of their natural habitat, unless for something like rehabilitation or disability.
On the boat ride, we also saw a lot of things flying out of the water! I could not figure out what was going on - these thin, finger-lengthed creatures would be floating on the water for a good length of time and then disappear beneath the surface. I'm not an ocean person, so the first thought in my head was that someone was controlling a little flying toy. I started calling them aliens because I couldn't understand where they came from and how they floated above the water for so long. Turns out, I believe they were flying fish! We also saw another fish that had similar air-bound qualities, but I can't remember the name of it.
Sigh. The ocean is so big and so strange. I envy marine biologists for their ability to analyze and interpret all the wondrous creatures.
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