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Humpback whales season starts early in Hawaii

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Humpback whale season started early this year.

Researchers aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric ship Hiialakai spotted the first humpback whale of the season off Niihau last week.

Another sighting was reported a few days later off Kauai.

Humpback whale season in Hawaii generally runs from November to May. More than 10,000 humpback whales winter in Hawaiian waters each year.

“Humpback whales remind us that this is one contiguous archipelago,” said Randall Kosaki, NOAA’s deputy superintendent of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

With the arrival of humpback whale season in Hawaii, ocean users are reminded to keep a safe distance from these annual visitors. Boaters should be on the lookout for the whales to avoid a collision.

Humpback whales are endangered, and protected under federal law.

If you come across an injured or entangled marine mammal, keep a safe distance and call the NOAA Marine Mammal Hotline at 1-888-256-9840 immediately.

For more information or safety tips, go to www.hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov.

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