Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-01-30 23:05:00 –
Coronavirus security measures required organizers to change their tactics for today’s launch of annual whale numbers coordinated by the Hawaiian Islands Hump Back Whale National Marine Reserve and the Pacific Whale Foundation. I didn’t seem to notice it.
According to a news release, site leaders collected data from 43 sites on four islands, and a total of 177 whales were witnessed between 9 am and 9:15 am.
The Ocean Counts of Sanctuaries on Hawaii, Oahu, and Kauai and the Great Whale Counts of the Maui-based Foundation take place three times during the peak whale season on the last Saturday of January, February, and March.
The event, which typically involves hundreds of volunteers, has changed this year to monitor each coastline observation post where trained site leaders work individually or in couples. A total of 68 site leaders were involved, summarizing whale sightings at 15-minute intervals and recording animal surface behavior.
On Hawaii, Oahu, and Kauai, Ocean Count site leaders collected data from 31 sites, the release said. The most whale sightings — 125 — were found between 9 am and 9:15 am. On Maui, site leaders collected data on 12 sites, with 71 having the most sightings, from 10:30 am to 10:45 am.
Various other species were found during the count, including green turtles, Hawaiian monk seals, spinner dolphins, and seabirds.
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