Look toward the ocean: It's peak whale season in Hawaii!

Look toward the ocean: It's peak whale season in Hawaii!

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.

To get more information on volunteer opportunities, click here. The Pacific Whale Foundation has also launched a whale and dolphin tracker app to help document sightings. Click here for more information.

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.

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