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Sanctuary Hosts Pre-Whale Season Presentation, Nov. 13

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NOAA’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Kīhei will host presentations about the upcoming 2019-2020 whale season on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The pre-whale season briefing will also include displays and demonstrations of equipment used in humpback research, monitoring and disentanglement.

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Dr. Marc Lammers, sanctuary research coordinator, will discuss trends, vessel surveys, tagging, shore station work and results from last whale season. Ed Lyman, sanctuary natural resource specialist, will talk about health, risk monitoring, and the sanctuary’s large whale entanglement response efforts.

Both presenters will take questions from the audience.

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is located at 726 South Kīhei Road.

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There is no charge for attendance. For more information, call (808) 879-2818.

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Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is administered by a partnership of NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the State of Hawai‘i through the Division of Aquatic Resources. The sanctuary works to protect humpback whales through research, education, conservation and stewardship.

Dr. Lammers deploys a suction-cup tag that will record the whale’s sounds and behavior. NOAA permit #20043. credit: NOAA

Whale breaches after sanctuary-led response team frees it from a life -threatening entanglement. NOAA permit #18786-02. credit: NOAA

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