Some 10,000 visitors this month are frolicking in the ocean. Humpback whales are the target of sharks called cookie cutters whose bites are to whales as cookie cutters are to dough.
THIS IS THE FIRST OF DAILY REPORTS, SOME FULL LENGTH STORIES, BASED ON TALKS AT THE FEB.25-26, BASED ON TALKS BY THE WORLD’S LEADING RESEARCHERS GATHERED TOGETHER BY WHALE TRUST MAUI, the premier group supporting whale research in the Hawaiian Islands. Three researchers are the subject of a profile in my new book.
WHY 30 DAYS OF WHALES? For 30 years or more, the waters of Maui have been a paradise for researchers. Not enough has been reported at least here on what has been discovered about these magnificent creatures, the source of so much attention by visitors. This is this site’s small contribution to closing this gap. And the whales are just one more example of why Maui is such a magical place, the theme of Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui. Remarkable whales and remarkable people of aloha that make this the greatest place on earth.–Norm Bezane
(There is no longer my Voices of Maui Beyond the Beach column in Lahaina News. Here, in the new digital age, you will now be able to find more on what makes Maui, Maui.)
Renowned scientists, photographers, filmmakers and conservationists are coming together for presentations, whale watches, two films, a live auction and an education/art expo at the 11th annual Whale Tales event.
The sponsor is Whale Trust Maui, the leading research organization studying whales in Maui and throughout the world. Since 2006 attendees have contributed more than $500,000 to conduct research around Hawaii.
On hand will be three leading National Geographic whale photographer Flip Nicklin (shown above), whale untangling specialist Ed Lyman and researcher Jim Darling, all profiled in my new book Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui. profiled in my new book Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui. One, Ed Lyman, will do a session on untangling whales..
It is not too late to partake of these talks being offered at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua Saturday afternoon Feb. 25 as well as Sunday the 26h.
This year’s presenters include Baird of the Cascadia Research Collective; Rachel Cartwright of The Keiki Kohola Project; Denise Herzing of the Wild Dolphin Project; Anke Kuegler of the University of Hawaii at Manoa; Ed Lyman of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary; Greg MacGillivray of MacGillivray Freeman Films; Ralph Pace, freelance underwater photographer; Daniel Palacios of the Marine Mammal Institute; Robert Pitman of the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service; and Whitehead, joining Dr. Jim Darling, Dr. Meagan Jones Gray, Flip Nicklin and Jason Sturgis of Whale Trust Maui.
Some of the leading researchers will be on hand next week to provide insights into whale behavior on board whale excursions.
Whale Tales is hosted annually by Whale Trust Maui, a nonprofit dedicated to whale research and education.
Whale Trust is the premier organization promoting whale research, exceeding by far other organization that looks into the habits of whales.