It’s Time To Count The Big Ones

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - Central Oahu Sports -

The Hawai­ian Is­lands Hump­back Whale Na­tional Marine Sanc­tu­ary con­ducts its an­nual Sanc­tu­ary Ocean Count at 8 a.m. Jan. 30, Feb. 27 and March 27 at more than 60 sites on Oahu, Kauai and the Big Is­land, and it’s looking for site leaders and vol­un­teer coun­ters.

Coun­ters will mon­i­tor the wa­ter for signs of whale ac­tiv­ity and com­mon be­hav­iors, in­clud­ing tail slaps, breach­ing and blows when whales sur­face for breathe. Site leaders man­age and over­see data col­lec­tion on all three count dates and will re­ceive manda­tory train­ing.

Sites in Cen­tral Oahu in­clude Mokuleia Beach Park, Puaena Point, Shark’s Cove, Tur­tle Bay Re­sort and Kaena Point (North Shore). To sign up, call 397-2651, ext. 253, or go on­line to www.sanc­tu­ary­ocean­count.org.

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