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World of whales surfaces at sanctuary site

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 17, 2013

~~<p>That morning off Maalaea Harbor in January 2007 was definitely not the best time to be on the ocean. Rain was pouring down in cold, gray torrents; the wind was relentlessly playing with everything it could move; and water from the choppy sea was splashing all around the boat that was carrying observers from the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.</p>
<p>&quot;It was one of those days when you think you'd be better off staying in bed with a good book,&quot; recalled Ka&lsquo;au Abraham, the sanctuary's Maui island coordinator. &quot;Then, suddenly, two adult whales simultaneously breached and continued to do so for several minutes. It was amazing, incredible! Every day during whale season (December through April), it's worth it to be constantly on the lookout for whales because you never know when something like that is going to happen again.&quot;</p>
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That morning off Maalaea Harbor in January 2007 was definitely not the best time to be on the ocean. Rain was pouring down in cold, gray torrents; the wind was relentlessly playing with everything it could move; and water from the choppy sea was splashing all around the boat that was carrying observers from the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

"It was one of those days when you think you'd be better off staying in bed with a good book," recalled Ka‘au Abraham, the sanctuary's Maui island coordinator. "Then, suddenly, two adult whales simultaneously breached and continued to do so for several minutes. It was amazing, incredible! Every day during whale season (December through April), it's worth it to be constantly on the lookout for whales because you never know when something like that is going to happen again." Login for more...



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