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  • The boat bounced fast out of the harbour as we set off to explore the Na Pali coast in Kauai from the shore. I heard Elizabeth giggle loudly and looked across at Amy whose face showed the precise quality of my concern. We had to accelerate out to avoid getting cross in the waves, Justin said.

    Within minutes we had caught up with a school of dolphins. Marshall said dolphins are like icebergs: for every one you see on top there are several more below. We were looking at maybe 30 or 40 dolphins as we looked at the leaping fins of five or six clearing the water.

    All dolphins like to play with humans, following their boats, swimming alongside the bows.

    But Marshall said it's mostly the bottle-nosed dolphins who like to swim with humans.

    These were smaller spinner dolphins who swam off the acrobatic, exhibitionist, exuberant. They put on a great display but they like to keep to themselves.

    The week before a country singer and his wife had asked to be taken to swim with them.

    Marshall had said "I can take you to them. But I can't make them swim with you."
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