“We have nearly 150 counters signed up to take part in the count,” said Daniela Maldini, Ph,D., research director at Pacific Whale Foundation. “We’re very grateful for the many volunteers who want to assist with this effort.”
PWF limits the number of volunteers participating in the count to minimize errors in data collection and sightings. Currently, there are a few openings available for counters at select locations. If you would like to take part, call (808) 249-8811, ext. 1. There is no cost to be part of The Great Whale Count, and all tools and training will be provided by PWF. It’s a great way to learn about whales and marine research, and meet others who share your interest in whales.
“During the Great Maui Whale Count, you’ll learn how to collect and record scientific data,” said PWF Founder and President Greg Kaufman. “This is also a great opportunity to ask all those questions you have about the whales and the behaviors you see, and to learn about whale research.”
Residents and visitors will assemble at 14 sites along Maui’s shores on Saturday, Feb. 26, to tally the number of humpback whales in view, as part of the annual Great Maui Whale Count, sponsored and led by the nonprofit Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF).
“The Great Maui Whale Count takes place during the peak of whale watching season on Maui,” said Maldini. “People are often amazed by how many humpback whales you can see from the shore when you spend time looking for them.”
The Great Maui Whale Count is part of the Maui Whale Festival, a series of whale-related events taking place from November through mid-May.