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Whale Season

Gillian Ward, Reporter

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It is almost that time again! It is almost the time of year when the beautiful humpback whales will be traveling through our near waters. We are so lucky to have front row seats on the Kohala Coast to witness the incredible movement of the whales. “Whale Season” starts in November and lasts until May, peaking in February and March.

Studies show that humpback whale populations have been growing 5-6% each year since 2003. That is a lot of whales. We are visited by over 1000 whales each year. These humpbacks are traveling to our warm waters from the North, from places like California and even Alaska.

Did you know that our economy benefits from at least 20 Million dollars from things like whale watching tours? You don’t have to pay for a boat tour to see the whales though. You can look out your window on a drive from Hawi to Kawaihae to get a great view of the whales. Even if you are just relaxing at the beaches of the Kohala coast, you can catch a view of a humpback leaping out of the water! Just keep your eyes peeled for them starting next month, I know I will.

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