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Humpback whales spotted in Hawaii waters

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HONOLULU (AP) - Humpback whales have begun to arrive in Hawaii waters.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports two whales were spotted Oct. 4 off Maui and two more were sighted Wednesday.

The first whales were reported by crew from a sailing charter and from a Pacific Whale Foundation vessel.

Humpback whales spend summers feeding in Alaska. They mate and give birth off Hawaii.

The North Pacific population usually begins to arrive as early as September although ocean tour operators last year spotted one Aug. 30 in Honokohau Harbor near Kona on Hawaii Island.

Peak humpback activity in Hawaii occurs between December and April.

The Pacific Whale Foundation estimates up to 12,000 humpback whales will winter in Hawaii waters. The foundation estimates the population is increasing 5 to 7 percent each year.

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