In Hawaii Humpback Whales are Missing in Action

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The great marine beasts that are the humpback whales are late to arrive in Hawaii’s waters this year, according to specialists. In Hawaii humpback whales are missing in action, with fewer individuals than usual spotted.

The great marine beasts that are the humpback whales are late to arrive in Hawaii’s waters this year, according to specialists. In Hawaii humpback whales are missing in action, with fewer individuals than usual spotted.

Hawaii is traditionally a stomping place for the impressive marine mammals. Humpback whales have been showing up regularly by the thousands to enjoy the warm waters during the cold season. With them, a large number of tourists is drawn to humpback whales spotting. Now, scientists with Hawaii’s Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary stated that the archipelago is missing its large inhabitants at the moment.

Yearly, about 10,000 humpback whales swim for thousands of miles all the way from Alaska to find a cosy shelter in the warm waters of Hawaii. The impressive marine mammals typically arrive in October or November and spend all the season through May in the archipelago.

However, this year’s numbers are keeping everyone on the edge. In Hawaii humpback whales are missing in action.

Ed Lyman, working with the Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary stated for AP that the humpback whales current numbers are representative for October or November during a typical year. The giant marine mammals may have steered away from Hawaii this year due to El Nino.

With El Nino changing water temperature in the Pacific Ocean, humpback whales don’t need to stomp further to find the warm waters. Humpback whale migration is thus put on hold.

If it’s not El Nino that’s delaying the migration of these impressive marine mammals to the Hawaiian warm waters, specialists believe there may be one more reason behind the mysterious phenomenon. Ed Lyman stated that:

“One theory was that something like this happened as whales increased. It’s a product of their success”.

Humpback whales will eventually return to their Hawaiian stomping grounds. For now, if their population numbers grew indeed, it means that the impressive marine mammals are taking longer to hunt and gather sufficient food before they enjoy the warm waters of the archipelago.  

In Hawaii humpback whales are missing in action, with population numbers being surprisingly low compared to other years. As they travel from Alaska to Hawaii, humpback whales form pods of four individuals to then mate and bring their offspring in this world in larger pods. Humpback whales are an endangered species as only 10 percent of their original population still roams in the waters as per data of the Marine Mammal Center in California.

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