A whale of a time: Video of humpbacks breaching goes viral, global

Kathy Daly captured a rare, up-close video of humpbacks breaching a mile and a half off the Kailua-Kona coastline on Sunday, Feb. 17. (Photo courtesy of Kathy Daly)
Kathy Daly shows a screen shot of her close encounter with a humpback whale while paddleboarding. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — Seated atop stand-up paddle boards, Kathy Daly and a small group of SUP devotees bobbed up and down in waters a mile and a half due west of Kailua Pier singing praises of the good fortune and simple taste that led them there.