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The Humpback Whales Are Back!

The first confirmed sighting of a humpback whale this season was made this week by Sea Quest Captain, Tony Roensch.  Captain Roensch witnessed two tail slaps from a humpback whale yearling in Honaunau Bay (Big Island).

Photo by Joe Marquez

The North Pacific humpback whales, we affectionately refer to as our “gentle giants”, will be in Maui waters soon! The humpbacks begin their migration approximately 3,000 miles from the cold arctic waters to the warm waters of Hawaii, to mate, give birth to their calves, and rear their young.  The shallow waters surrounding Maui are known as the “cradle of the humpback” due to the significant number of humpbacks raised in this area.

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is one of only 12 marine national parks and is the only preserve in the United States dedicated to a marine mammal.  During the peak season (mid-December to mid-March), there are literally thousands of humpback whales in our islands. On Maui, we are fortunate to have had hundreds of daily humpback whale sightings well into April and May.

 

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