Whale count: Nearly 3 dozen spotted in just 15 minute time frame

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Nearly 450 volunteers went whale watching over the weekend. Not just to admire the beauty of the whales, but to also count them.

The volunteers panned out over shorelines across the state.

In just 15 minutes, 34 whale sightings were recorded.

Sanctuary Ocean Count Project organized the watch, and said 11 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. was the most active period throughout the day's count.

"Ocean Count promotes public awareness about humpback whales, the sanctuary and shore-based whale watching opportunities," the group said in a press release.

"The sanctuary holds Ocean Count three times each year during peak whale season. Participants tally humpback whale sightings and document the animals' surface behavior during the survey, which provides a snapshot of humpback whales activity from the shoreline."

For more information on how to participate in a whale counting event, click here.

Some watch gatherings were cancelled Saturday due to poor weather conditions.

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