The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is seeking volunteers to help with its annual count of humpback whales. The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary lies within the shallow warm waters surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands and constitutes one of the world's most important humpback whale habitats. Through education, research, and resource protection activities, the sanctuary strives to protect humpback whales and their habitat in Hawai`i.
Volunteers will count humpback whales around the islands over a four-hour period and record their behavior. This year, the Sanctuary Ocean Count will be conducted at more than 60 different shore sites around O'ahu, Kaua'i, and the Big Island.
Counts will be held on the last Saturday of January, February, and March, from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. For O'ahu, call 397-2651 ext. 253. Online registration for the islands of Hawai'i and O'ahu is available at http://www.sanctuaryoceancount.org/.
Locations in Hawaii Kai include Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail, Halona Blowhole, and Palea Point in Hanauma Bay.
Visit Hawaii Humpback Whale at NOAA to learn more.
Barbara Abe, Realtor