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The NOAA Sanctuary Ocean Count: Where Every Volunteer Counts!

February 22, 2014
Forty volunteers, some from as far away as Maine, gathered at Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site this morning for the NOAA Sanctuary Ocean Count. (NPS)

Forty volunteers, some from as far away as Maine, gathered at Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site this morning for the NOAA Sanctuary Ocean Count. (NPS)

This morning, volunteers gathered at over 60 locations across Hawaii to take place in the second of the three 2014 Sanctuary Ocean Count events (last Saturday of January, February and March). This popular volunteer event is put on by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Locations include two of our national parks: Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site and Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, both on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

"Blow! Breach! Slap!" These volunteers recorded how many humpback whales they saw and the types of behaviors they exhibited. (NPS)

“Blow! Breach! Slap!” These volunteers at Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site recorded how many humpback whales they saw and the types of behaviors they exhibited. (NPS)

The Sanctuary Ocean Count is an ideal opportunity for the community and the parks to work together as stewards of the ocean. These splendid creatures swim more than 2,000 miles to Hawai‘i from the North Pacific every winter, and the annual count is one way to observe and record their behavior and ensure their future. If you would like to participate in the March event visit: http://www.sanctuaryoceancount.org.

Click on photo to watch the video! (NPS)

Click on photo to watch the video! (NPS)

Visit Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site’s Facebook Page to see more photos and videos from today’s event! Can’t make the Sanctuary Ocean Count this year, or just want to “eavesdrop” on these amazing creatures? Listen to them singing LIVE from Puako, thanks to the Jupiter Foundation!

What better place to watch the whales than from Pu'ukohola ("the Hill of the Whale)! (NPS)

What better place to watch the whales than from Pu’ukohola (“the Hill of the Whale)! (NPS)

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