Yay! Yay! Yay! The first humpback whales have arrived back in Hawaii this week. Though the “official” season doesn’t start until November/December it’s not uncommon to see these amazing creatures splashing around in Hawaii’s waters this early in October.
As you may recall, we had a little contest to predict the first whale arrival. The Honolulu Advertiser and Maui News both issued articles yesterday saying that humpback whales had been seen a few miles from Lahaina’s shore off Maui on Wednesday, October 8th. The Advertiser article also mentions that whales had been seen earlier in the week off the Big Island but no specific date was given. Since the Advertiser article was the first news article that I saw reporting the arrival, I’ll use it as our official contest source. For the purposes of declaring the winner of our contest, let’s say the official arrival was October 8th.
With October 8th as our official date, that make Marco our contest winner. Marco lives in Milano, Italy. Wow, that’s a long ways from Hawaii!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest. There were some very close guesses and interesting logic behind the choices. I love hosting contests. Do you have a suggestion for the next contest?
Many thanks to pmaile who commented with a link to the Honolulu Advertiser’s article reporting the first official sighting. A big mahalo also to David who commented with the Maui News article link within minutes of pmaile’s comment! You both rock!