It is turning into a historic whale watching season here in Kauai Hawaii. My casual observations from the lanai of our vacation rental has been fruitful. Gazing down the rocky coast during the winter season has never disappointed. Admittedly, I cannot distinguish a male juvenile from an expectant mother when it comes to the rorquals, a family that includes the blue, sei, fin, minke, and Bryde’s whale. But it’s obvious that these are the biggest kids on the block at this time of the year, and it seems like there are quite a few in the neighborhood.
My hunch proved correct when the NOAA’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary held their annual whale watch count around the state. Volunteers recorded that on average a total of 8 whales were counted in 15 minute intervals during the 4 hour observation study held throughout the state this past Saturday. Compared to just two sightings per 15 minute intervals on Oahu, and three on the island of Hawaii. There were a total of 15 sites island wide and a total of 61 state wide.
Relaxing in the sun and observing whales is one of the best things to do on Kauai for residents and visitors alike. It’s an opportunity to meet very knowledgeable volunteers, work on that tan, and help NOAA advocate for whale protection and increased funding.
The next count dates are scheduled for February 25 and March 31, 2012. Plan your upcoming visit next month to help a worthwhile cause. To register call 888-55-WHALE Ext. 253, and you can also find them on the web here.