HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Gaze out across the ocean from any Hawaii shoreline between the months of November and May, and you may see an impressive sight: Humpback whales migrating to Hawaii.
The whales head to Hawaii in search of warm waters to mate and raise their calves. And during whale season, hundreds of volunteers fan out across the state to count and observe whale behavior.
NOAA officials say during this past weekend, over 550 volunteers documented more than 170 whale sightings around the islands in a span of 15 minutes.
Volunteers also documented the animals' behavior which provides a snapshot of activity.
Whale sightings peak during the months of January and March. The organization conducts the count three times during peak whale seasons.
Humpback whales are considered endangered and protected under federal law.
Earlier this month, special crews saved an whale entangled in 285 ft. of rope from waters off Maui.
Read the story here: An entangled whale saved off Maui says thanks — in spectacular fashion