Go Visit Hawaii’s 11th annual contest to predict the season’s first humpback whale sighting

As far as we know, the thousands of humpback whales who visit Hawaii each winter are not subject to the 14-day quarantine. 😉 So, we expect humpback whale season to proceed as normal.

Though the beginning of Hawaii’s humpback whale season doesn’t generally start until December/January, some whales still don’t have calendars 😉 and so they arrive earlier. In fact, it’s possible that some whales are on their way to Hawaii right now. Therefore, it’s time to kick off our 11th annual contest to predict the first humpback whale sighting of the 2020/2021 season!

Here’s how this fun and easy little contest works:

  • Pick the earliest date you think the first whale sighting will be this year.  Enter your prediction in the comment section, which is at the bottom of this blog post. (Sorry, but we can’t accept guesses emailed to us or comments on Facebook. If you are reading this article on email, go to this post page to enter your comment.)
    • When entering your comment, you must use a valid email address in the email field so that we can contact you when/if your prediction is correct. Note that your email address will not be visible with the comment.
    • When entering your comment, you can leave the URL/website field empty. That’s an optional field for you to use if you have your own website.
    • Note: if you are a first-time commenter, your comment will first go into moderation. It may up to 12 hours for us to be alerted. Once we’re alerted to it, we will approve it, then it will display.
  • The closest prediction without going over will win bragging rights and the small prize.
  • In the event of a tie, we will randomly select a winner from the tied predictions.
  • We’ll use Hawaii newspapers and news stations as our sources to determine the first whale sighting of this season.
  • One entry per person will be accepted.
  • Anyone from around the world is eligible to enter. We have a two-time winner from Italy.
  • Entries will be accepted through September 15, 2020.  In the event that the first whale sighting is before September 15, valid entries will be accepted through the day before the reported sighting.

For your reference, here’s a list of the first-recorded sightings in recent years.

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
2015 — September 29
2016 – August 25
2017 — October 10
2018 — October 8
2019 — October 1

This year’s fun little prize has a pineapple theme. There’s a magnetic 2021 calendar with a notepad, eyeglass case and luggage tag.

So, when do you think the first humpback whale sighting will be this year?

  1. I think I saw one yesterday, Sept 10, in Kohala waters! Definitely we saw blowing, but I was driving so couldn’t watch to see the animal. Seemed too big a blow for dolphins. Wound up on this site while searching to see if anyone else saw it.

    If that wasn’t a whale, I’m predicting early appearance on September 20.

  2. Hi Sheila,
    My info for Nemo helping me out to submit the correct date is

    1118 Portsmouth Ave.
    Westchester, Il.


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