First Reported 2011 Humpback Whale Sighting

Whale of a tail

Per StarAdvertiser report issued yesterday, the first humpback whale sighting of this season was on Monday, September 26th of the coast of Hawaii’s Big Island.

Sea Quest tour captain Tony Roensch witnessed Monday two tail slaps from a humpback whale yearling in Honaunau Bay, the first confirmed whale sighting in the sanctuary this season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday.

September 26th is rather early. Usually the first sightings are in mid-October. I believe this early arrival helps prove my theory that some whales don’t have calendars. Winking smile

This year’s winner of our annual contest to predict the first whale arrival is Robin A. Kelley with a guess of September 19. Congratulations to Robin!

If you’re going to the Big Island soon, keep you’re eyes peeled for these and other early arrivals. This page has a few bits of advice for whale watcher on Hawaii Island.

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