Whale count goes on despite government shutdown

Sanctuary Ocean Count 2018 volunteers look for whales off of Kaena Point State Park’s west shore on Oahu. (Cindy Among-Serrao/Special to West Hawaii Today)

A humpback whale is pictured in the ocean around the Hawaiian Islands. (Courtesy J. Moore/Special to West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — The annual humpback whale ocean count will take place despite the federal government shutdown thanks to volunteers and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.