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Coast Guard: Keep away from humpback whales

By Associated Press

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<br />Courtesy Pacific Whale Foundation<br />A juvenile humpback spotted off Maui during a tour boat sail Oct. 4 was the first to be seen this season.<br />

The U.S. Coast Guard is reminding the public to maintain a safe distance from humpback whales that are migrating to the Hawaiian islands.

Humpback whale season is generally from November to May, with the peak of the season occurring during January and March. They come to Hawaii to mate, calve and nurse their young. They return to Alaska's colder waters in the summer months to feed and rebuild their blubber supply.

Mariners are asked to keep boat speeds down when whales are in the area. The Coast Guard notes that a collision between a mariner and a 45-ton humpback whale can be catastrophic.

It is illegal to approach within 100 yards of a whale. Aircraft are also prohibited from flying with 1,000 feet of a whale.







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false wrote:
So I guess Admiral Kirk and Captain Sulu cannot pickup George and Gracie.
on December 29,2013 | 07:19AM
1local wrote:
whales are no longer endangerd and should be removed from the protected list. Non-profits and government nedd to realize this...
on December 29,2013 | 10:50AM
Kuokoa wrote:
That goes for all the whale watching tours!
on December 29,2013 | 08:31AM
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