Looks like whale season in Maui, Hawaii is officially underway.
The Pacific Whale Foundation’s research team sighted their first whale of the season out of Ma?alaea on October 25, about 5 miles/8km off the coast of Kihei, at 8:15am.
The whale was ID’d by PWF Research as PWF ID: NP_2376 and was last sighted in Southeast Alaska on August 19, 2023. It’s an adult male, first documented in 2019 and is a known “bubble-netter.”
PWF is a nonprofit organization with a mission to protect the ocean through science and advocacy while inspiring environmental stewardship.
Every year, whales travel over 3,500 miles/5,633km from Alaskan waters to the warmer, more temperate Hawaiian oceans during their annual winter migration.
PacWhale Eco-Adventures (wholly owned by the Pacific Whale Foundation) will begin whale watching trips beginning on November 6th.
For more info and pricing, go to pacwhale.com.