Marine Matters

Hawaii's Endangered Humpback Whales

Naomi McIntosh
Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, 726 South Kihei Road, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753;          


This article is Part I of a three part series on the endangered humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) and the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. It will focus on the natural history of the humpback whale, its status, and the current policy for its conservation and management in Hawaii. During the winter months, humpback shales assemble in the near shore waters adjoining the main Hawaiian Islands to calve and mate. These waters serve as principal breeding and calving areas for the humpback whale in the North Pacific. Understanding the biology and status of the humpback whale will allow us to develop sound policy to further humpback whale protection.

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