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Volunteer Whale Counters For 2013

Annual Humpback Whale Count

It is estimated that protection of these endangered animals has allowed the number of wintering humpbacks in Hawaiian waters to increase from an estimated 1000 back in 1978 to an estimated to 10-12,000 currently.  That’s about 50-60% of the estimated total North Pacific Humpback count of 20,000.

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is still looking for a few more volunteers to participate in a whale count on Oahu, the Big Island and Kauai.

The annual count is held at numerous locations from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on three Saturdays:

Jan. 26, Feb. 23 and March 30, 2013

Volunteers may register online at for locations on Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island.  Check to see if the location you’re interested in still has openings…many do.

Whether you’re an island resident or a tourist looking for something special to do while on vacation, you can be a big help in the conservation efforts of these gentle giants of the sea.  Mahalo!

UPDATE 1/22/13):   Great news!  All  slots for volunteer counters have been filled for this year’s whale count.  

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