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Humpback Whale 20th Anniversary Ocean Count

January 30, 2015, 11:51 AM HST
* Updated January 30, 11:56 AM
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Do you love whales, the ocean or just being outdoors? The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is in search for volunteers to help with the 2015 Sanctuary Ocean Count.

The program, which is in its 20th year, uses volunteers to count whales and record their behaviors from over 60 shore sites throughout the Big Island, O’ahu and Kaua’i. While gathering important information, volunteers get the opportunity to learn about the humpback whale population, distribution, and behavioral trends.

Three dates are scheduled for the Sanctuary Ocean Count: Jan. 31, Feb. 28, and March 28 between 8 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. at various selected sites.

Volunteers on the Big Island do not need any advanced training.

Individuals interested in volunteering can register online. Registration is required for participation.

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Addition information can be obtained by visiting the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary website or by calling (808) 725-5917.

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