March 28, 2016|Karen B. Clarkson|Big Island: Weather and Nature
One of the joys of living in Hawaii is seeing humpback whales in the winter months. I haven't seen many this year so I thought I would spend some time looking by participating in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary's annual Ocean Count.
Every last Saturday of January, February and March volunteers gather at designated sites around the islands to count whales and whale behavior. I chose Pu'ukohola National Refuge at Kawaihae, a great vantage point to see whales and the sunniest spot on the island. Even though the forecast was for possible heavy showers this weekend, Kawaihae lived up to its reputation; the skies cleared and you could see for miles.
We worked in pairs, one scanning the ocean for whales and the other logging the number of whales, calves, breaches, tail, fin or head slaps, and dives. We started over every half hour switching roles. We only saw a few whales, which was disappointing, but not unexpected... Read More
TagsHawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, Ocean Count