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  • Whale-Watching in Maui #1

    Destination: Maui

    When I visit Maui, one of the first places I go is Maui Tacos. Thankfully, my plane touched down today just before lunchtime. After lunch, I traveled down South Kihei Road to the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary’s education center. And on to Papawai Scenic Lookout.

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  • Humpback Whale Counts Growing

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    When the winds blow at 25 knots, the surface of the ocean looks like a shimmering  field of snow.  And all those whitecaps make it difficult to spot whales lolling about the surface of the ocean–even with binoculars.

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  • Whales and Rainbows

    Destination: Kauai

    So, I went on a whale-watching boat tour the other night and all I got was this picture.  At least, the horizon is somewhat straight.  Don’t get me wrong.  It’s not that we didn’t see whales.  Whales surrounded us on all sides. “Nine o’clock,” someone yelled from one side of the boat as someone on the other side yelled, “Two-thirty.”  We used a clock to spot whales, using the boat’s prow as 12:00.  At one time, we had groups of whales at nine o’clock, two-thirty and six o’clock.  I didn’t know where to look or which side of the boat to run to.

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  • Full Moon Setting over Kauai

    Destination: Kauai

    Here’s a photo I snapped on my way to the whale necropsy last week.  I forgot I took it until I was downloading pictures this weekend.

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  • An Update on the Humpback Whale Necropsy

    Destination: Kauai

    I left the house before dawn yesterday, something I definitely do not ordinarily do.  As I rounded the island’s one road to the west side–past Kalaheo, past Hanapepe and Waimea, past even Kalaheo–to where the dead whale carcass waited on the beach at PMRF, wrapped in a very large sheet, I peered through sleepy eyes out my front windshield and watched the full moon drop over the mountains.  The sky was so clear that I could easily see the shadows and craters–even the outline of the lady–in the moon.  Out of the corner of my eye, in the reflection of my review mirror, I spied the sun rising behind me.  Sights like this are worth waking up early for. It turned out to be a sensory overloaded day

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  • Dead Humpback Whale Calf

    Destination: Kauai

    Sad news:  A dead humpback whale calf washed ashore this afternoon on the westside of Kaua’i.  Here’s the breaking story in The Garden Island newspaper.  I’ll be helping with the necropsy tomorrow.

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  • An Unusual Visitor

    Destination: Kauai

    Scientists say some 10,000 humpback whales visit Hawaii each year.  In winter, it’s not unusual to glance at the ocean and see whales frolicking–breaching, spyhopping, pec slapping and lobtailing. Hawaii also has its share of various dolphins–spinner, bottlenose spotted–which are not uncommon to our waters.  What is uncommon in the waters off Hawaii, however, are orcas, also known as killer whales.

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