Count Humpback Whales for the “Sanctuary Ocean Count” at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Join KUPU Ranger Michael Newman at Ka‘ena Point and count migratory humpback whales that swim by on Saturday, March 31. The NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Sanctuary Ocean Count is a signature outreach project that the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary hosts annually. Ocean Count serves to promote public awareness about humpback whales, the sanctuary, and shore-based whale watching opportunities in the Hawaiian Islands. Participants tally humpback whale sightings and document the animals’ surface behavior during the survey which provides valuable data to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Bring sun protection, water, snacks, and a cushion to sit on. (Park entrance fees apply).
When: Sat., March 31, 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Where: Ka‘ena Point, at the end of Chain of Craters Road - the first pullout on the coast past Pu‘uloa Petroglyphs
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Miroslaw