Kona Day 7 and 8: Spotted Dolphins, Hammerheads, and Beaked Whales Oh My!

After 25 straight dives on the Kona Aggressor for 6 days, I was ready for some time off--so day 7 of my Kona adventures was spent catching up on some reading from the beautiful view of my (free upgraded) hotel room!

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Day 8 was back to business as I woke up at dawn to join Rob White of Blue Water Hunters for a day out at sea. What were we looking for, you ask? To be honest even I didn't know--a little of this a little of that, basically anything cool.

The morning started out with a bang, with spotted dolphins riding the boat's wake--I jumped in with the boat still in gear, but had no real luck at a shot. We checked out the local FADs: No those aren't the hip things to do on the island, but rather fish attraction devices. 

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My free diving guide for the day even dipped down to about 40 feet to drop off some sardines for any sharks willing to come say "hi"; but of course, none did!

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The next few hours were filled hoping in and out of the boat with camera and snorkel kit chasing after hammerheads and various other sightings (without much luck). I was beginning to doubt if I'd get up close and personal with anything that day when Rob shouted "beaked whale!"

I had no real idea at the time what exactly a beaked whale is, but there was a little bit more pressure when the boat captain added "If you get a shot of it in the water, it will be the fifth in the world." No pressure of courseā€¦.so I hoped in and found this coming straight at me!

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Back on the boat the captains suspicions were confirmed: It was none other than a Cuvier's Beaked Whale. A 20-foot long cetacean that lives oh at a few miles below the surface and we were super fortunate to catch it during a breath. 

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Moral of the story--hop in the water no matter what and you might just end up with one of five images of a species in the world!