Humpback whales make rare appearance in Honolulu Harbor

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For the first time since 1995 or 1996, at least two humpback whales swam into Honolulu Harbor, amazing boaters and tourists near Pier 30. Hawaii News Now interviewed one tugboat operator who said, “I got blasted a couple times by the spray coming of their nostrils.” He said the whales seemed lost and were “just doing circles.” Humpbacks are federally protected under the engandered species act, and vessels must stay at least 100 yards away, so there presence created a bit of a stir in the 30- to 60-foot-deep harbor. Observers said the humpback whales swam back to sea past Waikiki Beach near the end of the day. Here is the Hawaii News Now video report:


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