Whale count to go ahead de­spite shut­down

Taranaki Daily News - - World -

An an­nual hump­back whale count in Hawaii will take place de­spite the fed­eral gov­ern­ment shut­down. West Hawaii To­day re­ported that vol­un­teers from the Na­tional Marine Sanc­tu­ary Foun­da­tion will co-or­di­nate this sea­son’s Ocean Count, a com­mu­nity cit­i­zen science project that oc­curs dur­ing the peak of whale sea­son. The sur­vey is usu­ally con­ducted by the Hawai­ian Is­lands Hump­back Whale Na­tional Marine Sanc­tu­ary. Al­though re­moved from the en­dan­gered species list in 2016, most hump­back whales re­main fed­er­ally pro­tected.

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