Sanctuary Ocean Count

{{ msToDate('1/26/2019 12:00:00 AM') | date:'mediumDate'}} - {{ msToDate('3/30/2019 12:00:00 AM') | date:'mediumDate'}} · Honolulu, Oahu

Event Details

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuaries rely on volunteers — the first count was conducted in February 1996 on Oahu, with approximately 150 volunteers, including residents and visitors — for an annual whale count.

During peak whale season, participants gather at 26 sites on Oahu, 21 sites on the Big Island, and 15 sites on Kauai (click here for a list of sites by island) to tally whale sightings.

Each year, from December to May, a percentage of the endangered North Pacific humpback whale population migrates from feeding grounds in Alaska to the warm waters off Hawaii to engage in breeding, calving and nursing activities.

The survey provides data of humpback whale sightings from the shoreline, while promoting public awareness about whales and shore-based whale watching opportunities.

Oahu sites include Halona Blowhole, Lanikai, Hanauma Bay, Diamond Head Lookout and Magic Island.

(Magic Island is walking distance from Waikiki)

For more info

Sanctuary Ocean Count

Website

https://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov/involved/ocoahusites.html#southshore

When

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Where

Get Directions

Magic Island

Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96814