LIHUE, Hawaii — Nearly 300 whales were spotted during a 15-minute weekend counting period.
About 900 volunteers collected data Saturday for a whale count coordinated by the Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.
Sanctuary programs administrator Fiona Langenberger says a total of 297 whales were seen during the 9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. period. She says that was the most of any time period during Saturday's count, involving 58 sites reporting data.
The Garden Island (http://ow.ly/tZlKZ ) reports Kauai and the Big Island each tallied an average of six whales seen during the 15-minute spans. Jean Souza is the sanctuary's Kauai programs coordinator. She says Kauai's average sighting is high for a February count.
The next count is scheduled for March 29.
Information from: The Garden Island, http://thegardenisland.com/