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March 8, 2018

Think About It: Whale Whereabouts

For 30 years now, there has been a Great Whale Count around this time of year to establish some sense of just how many of these glorious creatures visit our waters. This year, the number of humpback whales observed dove for the third time in four years, and the number of whale pod sightings also dropped. One theory suggest that perhaps the peak season for whale visitations might be occurring a bit earlier or later than when the annual watch takes place.

Or perhaps the whales are now spending their time here at an illegal bed and breakfast in Kailua on Oahu's windward side or over on Maui. How can you count the whales when they're spending a good deal of their time here at Target to stock up their refrigerators? After all, humpbacks eat over two tons of food a day when they eat- yes that's right, over 4,000 pounds. Go ahead and put one of those guys on "Whale Vs. Food", and you know who will win…. Or maybe they're now coming in the shoulder season when whale room rates go down and they also get pestered by fewer tour boats and gawkers.

By the way, did you know that only the male humpback sings? Yes, that's right, reportedly only the male whale wails, while the women willingly wait and whimper or whine. And you think top 40 radio is boring… the male whale repeats the same song over and over, changing the pattern, and all of his pod mates join in with the same song. So if you're concerned about the lower humpback count off our shores, whale… there's always next year, if you can simply wait a little whale. Think about it…

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