World Wednesday: Humpbacks missing off coast of Honolulu


Dr. Louis M. Herman/ National Oceanic and Atmospheric

Humpback whales in the singing position. Humpback Whale NMS

Isabella Kanzius , Deputy News Editor

Since November 26, scientists have been noticing a decline in whale sightings. The decline of sightings does not necessarily mean they are declining in population; however, Honolulu is their most predictable habitat to see them in.

Scientists think the water’s heat off the coast of Alaska may be affecting the humpback whale’s food chain.

Scientists are very concerned about the matter, and many whale experts are meeting to discuss it. They are combining to compare data and attempt to fathom the events of the decline in whale sightings and how to handle the matter.

The percentages of decline in whale sightings from the past years increased from 50% to 80%.

They have decided to implement a few monitoring methods to count the population of the whales present off the coast of Honolulu. They are using visual observations which will be conducted aboard ships that follow specific coordinates. This method also listens for whale songs from fixed underwater locations.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials strive to form a consensus about how to handle in the future to help this species be successful in population. The NOAA performs research, creates federal regulations, and enforce the laws that protect the whales and their inhabitants.

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