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Final Humpback Whale Count for 2014 is Saturday

March 28, 2014
Volunteers that count

Whale count volunteers January 2014 at Ka‘ena Pt in Hawai‘i Volcanoes Nat’l Park

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park encourages volunteers to  help count humpback whales during the final 2014 Sanctuary Ocean Count held this Saturday, March 29, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Ka‘ena Point, located near the end of Chain of Craters Road in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, is one of Hawai‘i Island’s 21 Sanctuary Ocean Count sites. It is the first pullout along the ocean, close to the end of the road – about a 45-minute drive from the park entrance. Bring a cushion or chair to sit on, snacks, sun and rain protection. Binoculars are optional. Check in with Sanctuary Ocean Count site leader, Park Ranger Adrian Boone.

Big Island resident Ethan Tweedie captured these images of a humpback whale breaching along the Kohala Coast of Hawaii.  February is the peak of the whale season for the Hawaiian Islands. If you would like to see sights like these, come out to Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site on Friday's through March for the park's weekly whale watcch (9am-11am). Mahalo to Ethan for sharing these photos!

Big Island resident Ethan Tweedie captured these images of a humpback whale breaching along the Kohala Coast of Hawaii. Mahalo to Ethan for sharing his photos!

Volunteers on shore monitor humpbacks in nearshore waters for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Residents and visitors look forward to this yearly event which provides important population and distribution information about humpback whales around the Hawaiian Islands.

The Sanctuary Ocean Count is an ideal opportunity for the community and the park to work together as stewards of the ocean. These splendid creatures swim more than 2,000 miles to Hawai‘i from Arctic waters every winter, and the annual count is one way to observe and record their behavior and ensure their future.

Click here for a list of other sites on Hawai‘i Island and throughout the state, including our sister park Pu‘ukoholā National Historic Site in Kawaihae.

We had a beautiful morning for counting whales today! Join us on the last day of March for this year's final Ocean Count!

Counting whales at Pu‘ukohala Heaiu National Historic Site in January. 

For more information, visit www.hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov. To register online, visit www.sanctuaryoceancount.org, or simply show up for all or part of the count. For additional questions, please call the Ocean Count Hotline 808-268-3087.

tail slap

This whale was photographed slapping its tail offshore from the end of Chain of Craters Road in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park in early January 2014. Photo courtesy of Thomas C. Stein

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Hawaii bob permalink
    March 28, 2014 5:06 pm

    aloha! Usta LUV living in Hawaiian Beaches on the B I & catching em swiming by! Who needs a special tour boat? : ) Great post hb

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