169 Whales seen during Great Whale Count

  • Whale count volunteers at Onekahakaha Park on the the Big Island keep their eyes peeled for humbacks on March 25, 2023. ( courtesy photo/ NOAA)

Over 300 volunteers gathered data from the shores of Kauai, Oahu and Hawaii islands during the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Count and from Maui during the Great Whale Count by Pacific Whale Foundation, the last of three coordinated whale counts between the two organizations in 2023. This is the first year since March 2020 that both programs will be resumed normal operations.