DIAMOND HEAD (HawaiiNewsNow) - Volunteers dotted the lookout at Diamond Head Saturday, scanning the ocean for whales.
It was part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hawaiian Islands humpback whale count. The event gives experts a better understanding about the whale population.
"We're just trying to see their population, get a grasp on their population, and compare that to pre-whaling numbers," said James Murphy, the count site co-leader.
The shore-based whale watching survey is conducted at more than 60 sites around Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii on the last Saturdays of January, February and March.