Humpback Whale Ocean Count this Saturday (March 26)

Humpback Whale off the Kona Coast. Photo by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

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Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Count to be held this Saturday

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary will conduct the third event of the annual Sanctuary Ocean Count project this Saturday. The shore-based humpback whale survey is conducted at more than 60 sites around Oahu, Kaua`i and the Big Island on the last Saturday of January, February, and March.

WHAT: Sanctuary Ocean Count
WHEN: Saturday, March 26, 2011, 8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
WHERE: Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island

For site locations see: http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov/involved/ocwelcome.html

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary’s signature outreach event, the Sanctuary Ocean Count, is set to hold its finale for the record setting 2011 season. All islands participating in the event, Kaua‘i, O‘ahu and Hawai‘i, saw record numbers of volunteers in January and February as the event continued its tradition of generating widespread enthusiasm for humpback whales and Hawai‘i’s marine environment. The Sanctuary Ocean Count is just one of several projects organized by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary that encourages coordinated stewardship of Hawai‘i’s marine resources amongst government and citizens.

Volunteers can still register for the March 26th count by visiting http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov for Oahu and Hawaii. For information on the Kauai count call 246-2860.

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