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Volunteers That Count!

February 23, 2013
Volunteers That Count!

These are “Volunteers That Count”! Participants at today’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Count, Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site.

Over two dozen volunteers and visitors gathered once again at Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site for the 2013 Sanctuary Ocean Count this morning (2/23/13).  The park is one of more than sixty such sites scattered throughout the Hawaiian Islands where volunteers help monitor humpback whales. This community program is conducted by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA). The final volunteer event for this year’s count will be on the last Saturday of March. Not in Hawaii? You can listen to the same humpback whales that we get to see sing live!

In addition to counting whales, volunteers had to record the behaviors they saw.

In addition to counting whales, volunteers had to record the behaviors they saw.

What a beautiful day to watch whales!

What a beautiful day to watch whales!

Snow-capped Mauna Kea in the background  makes a perfect backdrop to a warm day at the coast.

Snow-capped Mauna Kea in the background makes a perfect backdrop to a warm day of whale watching at the coast.

A humpback whale's fluke is seen just before a dive.

A humpback whale’s fluke is seen just before a dive.

A typical winter day in Hawaii.

A typical winter day in Hawaii.

What better place to watch whales, than from Pu’ukohola…the “Hill of the Whale”.

What better place to watch whales, than from Pu’ukohola…the “Hill of the Whale”.

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  1. February 24, 2013 10:48 pm

    Csodálatra méltó az odaadásuk,megköszöni majd a természet.

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