PEARL HARBOR (HawaiiNewsNow) - An unusual sighting in Pearl Harbor over the weekend had a lot of people talking. A pair of humpback whales were spotted just inside the harbor entrance.
Officials at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam say they received several phone calls Sunday morning alerting them to the whales. Military officials immediately assessed the situation and ordered Port Operations and Harbor Patrol teams to keep Navy vessels away from the whales.
The Navy also notified wildlife officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), who determined that the pair appeared to be a mother humpback and her calf. Marine scientists said there was no reason to be concerned about their presence.
"It's probably a normal situation of a mother whale bringing her calf in close to shore," said NOAA's David Schofield.
Humpback whales are protected under both the Endangered Species and Marine Mammal Protection Acts.