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September 22, 2014

Think About It: Whale Of A Time

The first humpback whale of the season was observed in waters off of west Kauai a week ago. A whale-watching charter made the sighting and was quoted as saying that this mid-September, early sighting bodes well for the upcoming whale watch season. Cha-ching! Of course, the whale was unavailable for comment, as he preferred to simply go about his business in the ocean, but he and his incoming friends will undoubtedly appear over the next five months to appease the masses.

Rules are in place to keep whale-watching ships from getting closer than 100-yards to a humpback in local waters, but I'm not sure the whales understand these rules, which is what the tourist charters sometimes count on. After all, if you can't see a submerged whale, you surely can't be held accountable if the majestic creature sidles up next to your boat, can you?

While I was on a cruise to Alaska last summer, some in my group suggested we take a five hour, no-guarantee, whale watching trip. I deferred, saying "no need", as I knew that I could see these marvelous mammals when they came passing through here in the fall and winter, as they do every year. And lo and behold- here they come. So let's all be respectful and mindful that our creeping curiosity is not necessarily in the best interests of those we might seek to gawk over. Humpback whale numbers in our local waters have increased tenfold in the 35-years, a great sign of recovery and respect. Let's keep it that way. Think about it…

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