In the Hawaiian islands you may have a life-changing experience in nature with marine-life while swimming in certain places. In particular are the beloved Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins, who enjoy many of same places that humans like to swim and snorkel at.
These are uncertain times for big charismatic animals in the oceans and on land. Many populations are declining. Money is scarce for pool repairs and big mammal research, made worse by the public's vocal distrust of scientists, zoos and aquariums.
Japan's illegal and immoral hunts for whales and dolphins have shocked the world. Anger is rising, as the Twitter-verse exploded in activity when a gross slaughter of dozens of dolphins in Taiji's notorious cove was recently publicized by Earth Island and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.