Blainville’s beaked whales, which look like obese spinner dolphins, are normally very elusive, but when Denning jumped in the water with her camera, the pair stuck around for about 25 minutes. She even captured four minutes of up close and personal video footage with them, above.
“Typically, they are very shy,” Denning told local station KITV. “You might see them for a few minutes, then they disappear.”
Luckily for her (and us), these two wanted to play.
Denning told the Big Island’s West Hawaii Today newspaper that she made eye contact multiple times with the whales and even communicated with one by slapping her fins on the water in response to its tail slaps.