Humpback whale season in Hawaii is just around the corner. Though the official humpback whale season doesn’t begin until December, some humpbacks have been spotted around Hawaii as early as September 16th. I guess they must be just as excited as we humans are to return to beautiful Hawaii.
A couple of years ago, I held a contest to predict the date of the first humpback whale sighting of the season. Since that was so much fun, I thought we’d try it again this year. So, here’s how the contest will work.
- Pick the earliest date you think the first whale sighting will be this year. Enter your prediction in the comments for this blog post. (Sorry facebook friends, but this time only blog comments will be eligible.)
- The closest prediction without going over will win a prize.
- You must use a valid email address so that I can contact you when/if your prediction is correct. Note that your email address will not be visible on the comment.
- In the event of a tie, I will randomly select a winner from the tied predictions.
- We’ll use Hawaii newspapers and news stations as our source to determine when the first whale has been seen this season.
- One entry per person will be accepted.
- Anyone from around the world is eligible to enter. Our last winner was from Milano, Italy.
- Entries will be accepted through October 1, 2010. In the event that the first whale sighting is before October 1, 2010, valid entries will accepted through the day before the reported sighting.
The prize (shown below) is a set of 10 postcards of vintage Hawaii travel posters.
To assist you with your guesses, the first sightings in recent years were:
- 2006 – October 11
- 2007 – October 7
- 2008 – October 8
- 2009 – October 20
So, what’s your best guess for 2010?