The Sanctuary Ocean Count is a signature citizen science project hosted each year during peak whale season by Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. The Ocean Count promotes public awareness about humpback whales, the sanctuary, and shore-based whale watching opportunities in the Hawaiian Islands.
- Volunteer participants tally humpback whale sightings and document the animals’ surface behavior during the survey, which is from 8 am to 12 noon on designated days. Since it is an Ocean Count, participants are encouraged to make note of any other species seen during the count.
- Locations for the Ocean Count include Hawaiʻi Kohala Coast, Kauaʻi North Shore, and Oʻahu North and Southeastern Shores.
- More info or register: https://oceancount.org/
2024 Ocean Count dates
- January 27
- February 24
- March 30