Spotlight: Join Sanctuary Ocean Count 2013 in Hawaii
Monitoring Whales in Paradise
What You’ll Find
The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary’s 2013 Sanctuary Ocean Count on Saturday, January 26, February 23 and March 30. The annual Sanctuary Ocean Count offers the public a chance to monitor humpback whales from the shores of O`ahu, Hawai`i and Kaua`i. In the past 17 years, more than 20,000 volunteers have contributed more than 100,000 hours of support, and now you can volunteer, too! Sign up friends and family at the same time!
Complete details for getting to the 2013 Sanctuary Ocean Count are available online . Registration for the Sanctuary Ocean Count opens December 16, 2012. After you register for your preferred island, site and date, make your travel plans to Hawai`i (that is, unless you’re already there). For more details about registration, check out the Frequently Asked Questions.
Make Sure You
Learn about all the marine wildlife in the Sanctuary and enjoy the Sanctuary’s boating and ocean recreation safely. Humpback whales appear playful as they frolic in shallow waters off the Hawaiian Islands, but these majestic, 45-ton marine mammals can pose serious safety hazards to boaters. Familiarize yourself with boating safety rules to insure your safety as well as to enhance humpback whale protection, promote enjoyable and responsible whale watching, and help ocean users steer clear of dangerous and possibly unlawful interactions with these endangered marine mammals.
Get involved with national marine sanctuaries! National marine sanctuaries are special areas that protect important marine ecosystems around the nation. Some sanctuaries are breeding or feeding grounds for endangered whales, others contain thriving coral reefs or kelp forests and many are home to historic shipwrecks and other archaeological treasures.
The Sanctuary Ocean Count, the signature outreach project for NOAA’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, was named the Take Pride in America® Outstanding Federal Volunteer Program. Take Pride in America® is a nationwide partnership program authorized by Congress to promote the appreciation and stewardship of our nation’s public lands.
Sign up for the 2013 Sanctuary Ocean Count and begin making travel plans to visit the exotic and beautiful Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary this winter. If you can’t make it this year, be sure to mark your calendars for next year!