Humpback whale count finishes up for the year

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - Dozens of volunteers on Kauai joined this weekend in a state-wide effort to collect data on humpback whales.

The volunteers have been seeing a lot of humpback whales. The Garden Island reports that volunteers on Saturday saw the highest average of whales two months in a row since the count was begun in 2005 - four whales every 15 minutes.

On Saturday, more than 120 Kauai volunteers joined the 600 volunteers from across the state in gathering data from the shores of Kauai, Oahu and the Big Island during the annual Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Count.

The count is a yearly shore-based census which provides snapshot data on humpback whales. Saturday's count marked the final count for this year.

Information from: The Garden Island,

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