Monday, July 28, 2014         

 Print   Email   Comment | View 1 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

Honolulu Harbor again plays host to 2 humpback whales

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 03:16 p.m. HST, Jan 06, 2012

Two humpback whales entered Honolulu Harbor again late Thursday night, but haven't been spotted in the area today.

The Coast Guard said as of 10:30 a.m., there were no sightings of the two humpbacks. If they are seen, a Coast Guard boat will enforce a 100-yard safety zone around the endangered animals, said Petty Officer Anthony Soto.

"We continue to monitor the situation," he added.

Wendee Goo, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration spokesman, said federal officials also were monitoring Honolulu Harbor and did not report any sightings of the two whales.

Goo said NOAA officials were able to to confirm reports from a captain of vessel that two humpback whales followed his ship into the harbor.

She said the Coast Guard this morning re-issued a mariner's broadcast to remind boaters to stay away from the animals. Humpback whales are protected under the Endangered Species Act so vessels are required to stay at least 100 yards away from them at all times.

Soto said the two whales were spotted at 11 p.m. Thursday, but did not have further details.

Early Thursday, a pair of humpback whales, likely a mother and its yearling, were spotted just after 9 a.m. after they followed the Ocean Pearl, a 65-foot commercial fishing boat into the harbor. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said the two whales spent time within the harbor near Pier 35, and later Pier 29.

The Coast Guard said the two whales left the harbor at about 2:15 p.m.

There were reports of four additional whales early Thursday morning near Pier 2, but these could not be confirmed. 

 Print   Email   Comment | View 1 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

You must be subscribed to participate in discussions
By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. Because only subscribers are allowed to comment, we have your personal information and are able to contact you. If your comments are inappropriate, you may receive a warning, and if you persist with such comments you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email commentfeedback@staradvertiser.com.
Leave a comment

Please login to leave a comment.
51butterflies wrote:
Now this is the kind of POSITIVE Front Page NEWS that lifts our spirits! NOT Mr. Kahle trying to smear another person's good name, good deeds for others and clawing like a vicious spoiled cat at another person's character and judging another person's personal life.
on January 6,2012 | 08:27PM
Breaking News
Political Radar
`My side’

Political Radar
‘He reminds me of me’

Bionic Reporter
Needing a new knee

Warrior Beat
Monday musings

Small Talk
Burning money

Political Radar
On policy

Warrior Beat
Apple fallout