HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Volunteers are needed across the state to count humpback whales from the shoreline.
The next whale count is February 27, and the final count of the year is March 26.
On January 30, volunteers spotted an average of four whales every 15 minutes off Oahu, as part of the annual whale count.
About 550 volunteers participated in the count, watching for whales from 51 sites on Oahu, Kauai, and Hawaii Island.
The annual whale count is aimed at providing a snapshot of the humpback whale population.
In the whale count January 30, which ran from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., volunteers counted an average of six whales off Kauai every 15 minutes.
Four were spotted every 15 minutes on average off Hawaii Island.
Some of the highest totals were spotted off Diamond Head, Shark's Cove and Kahe Point.
To see the whale count totals or to volunteer for an upcoming count, click here.