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Close encounters

Scientists will interact with visitors on Maui during a celebration of humpback whales

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi

~~<p>On a beautiful February day last year, National Geographic photographer Flip Nicklin was accompanying a small group of whale watchers off Lahaina when four curious humpbacks swam up and lingered under their yacht.</p>
<p>Federal regulations require ocean users in Hawaii to maintain a distance of at least 100 yards from humpbacks, an endangered species, so the captain knew he had to turn off the engine and stay put until the whales left, which wound up being an hour later.</p>
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On a beautiful February day last year, National Geographic photographer Flip Nicklin was accompanying a small group of whale watchers off Lahaina when four curious humpbacks swam up and lingered under their yacht.

Federal regulations require ocean users in Hawaii to maintain a distance of at least 100 yards from humpbacks, an endangered species, so the captain knew he had to turn off the engine and stay put until the whales left, which wound up being an hour later. WHALE TALES Login for more...



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