- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - Nearly 300 whales were spotted during a 15-minute weekend counting period.

About 900 volunteers collected data Saturday for a whale count coordinated by the Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

Sanctuary programs administrator Fiona Langenberger says a total of 297 whales were seen during the 9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. period. She says that was the most of any time period during Saturday’s count, involving 58 sites reporting data.

The Garden Island (https://ow.ly/tZlKZ ) reports Kauai and the Big Island each tallied an average of six whales seen during the 15-minute spans. Jean Souza is the sanctuary’s Kauai programs coordinator. She says Kauai’s average sighting is high for a February count.

The next count is scheduled for March 29.

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Information from: The Garden Island, https://thegardenisland.com/

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