Though Hawaii’s humpback whale season isn’t into full swing until mid/late December, it’s possible that the season’s first whale to arrive in Hawaii is making the journey to the islands at this moment. So, it’s time for our annual contest to predict the first humpback whale sighting of the upcoming season!
To assist you with your prediction, here’s a list of the the most recent humpback sightings:
2006 – October 11
2007 – October 7
2008 – October 8
2009 – October 20
2010 – October 20
2011 — September 26
2012 — August 30
2013 — October 5
2014 — September 16
Here’s how the 2015 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 only blog comments will be eligible. It’s easier for me to keep track of all the guesses in one spot here on the blog.)
- The closest prediction without going over will win a small prize and bragging rights, of course.
- 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 sources 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. One year our winner was from Milano, Italy.
- Entries will be accepted through September 15, 2015. In the event that the first whale sighting is before September 15, valid entries will accepted through the day before the reported sighting.
This year’s prize is a custom mouse pad indicating the winner’s keen sense of humpback whales as the contest winner. The mouse pad measures 7.75″ x 9.25″. The following image is an example of what the mouse pad will look like:
When do you predict Hawaii will have this year’s first whale sighting? Enter your prediction in the comments!