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Having the opportunity to see dolphins in the wild is an amazing experience. Not only do you get to witness first hand just how beautiful and intelligent these creatures are, but you also have the chance to see them in their natural habitat. These animals can swim anywhere from 40 to 100 miles a day together in pods, communicating to one another through clicks and whistles. They work together to care for their young, to catch food, and to play. All actions that are impossible when they are trapped in captivity.

Alex Rivest captured this video on a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii. Spinner dolphins feed through the night in the deeper waters and return closer to shore in the early morning. According to Rivest, these dolphins were about half a mile from the Kona shores.

As he follows the dolphins, they decide to put on the most magnificent show for this lucky man.

“There were times when curious individuals would come right up to me to check me out,” writes Rivest. “Other times, I would find myself surrounded by over 25 dolphins. In a few cases, you can see baby dolphins swimming closely to their mother.”

They are happy, playful and loving their lives, free in the beautiful waters of Hawaii, just as they should be!