Volunteers Observe Whales for Annual 'Count'

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Volunteers will be counting humpback whales today from 8 am to noon at more than 60 sites on Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island. It marks the first “sanctuary count” of the season.

Event coordinator Christine Brammer says whales come and go from January to March. The population peaks next month.

But, there’s still plenty to see this month. Brammer says she saw a dozen whales propel themselves out of the water in 10 minutes this week. That was from Lanai lookout near Hanauma Bay.

The count is conducted by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

Visit its web sites below to register for future counts.

(Aileen Humphreys / HPR News)