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The Sanctuary Ocean Count project offers the community a chance to monitor humpback whales from the shores of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi and Kauaʻi. The count is held the last Saturday of January, February, and March (during peak whale season) of each year from 8:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The 2017 Sanctuary Ocean Count dates are
January 28, February 25, and March 25.

2017 Online Regisistration
Begins December 15, 2016

Not only has this proven to be a fun volunteer activity for residents and visitors, but it also helps to provide important information on humpback whales around the Hawaiian Islands.

Both site leaders and general volunteers are needed for all islands.

Of course, the count cannot be done without the help of enthusiastic volunteers - we hope you'll consider taking part in this fun opportunity.

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Project Information
Learn more about the Sanctuary's signature project!

Project Results
Download results from the Sanctuary Ocean Project.

Don't miss this fun opportunity to count whales and record their behavior from the shorelines of Oʻahu, Kauaʻi and Hawaiʻi. Find out more today!

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Please support the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary's efforts wo protect humpback whales and their habitat by purchasing a 2016 t-shirt.

This year’s shirts are being sold through Proceeds will benefit the Sanctuary Ocean Count Project. Short sleeve tees are available in youth, unisex and women’s sizes. Long sleeve tees and hooded sweatshirts are also available.

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Oʻahu Sites
26 locations are currently available on the island of Oʻahu. Find directions and details on the sites.

Hawaiʻi Sites
21 locations are currently available on the island of Hawaiʻi. Find directions and details on the sites.

Kauaʻi Sites
15 locations are currently available on the island of Kauaʻi. Find directions and details on the sites.

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Site Leader Information
Ready to volunteer as a site leader? Find out what's involved. For current site leaders, check here for updated information.

Group Information
Find out more about how to register a group to take part in the Sanctuary Ocean Count.
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