Hawaiians wonder, where are the whales?
Hawaiians wonder, where are the whales? A humpback whale leaps out of the water in the channel off the town of Lahaina on the island of Maui in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon/J. Scott Applewhite, file)
Hawaiians wonder, where are the whales?
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December usually marks the start of humpback whale season in Hawaii. But experts say the animals have been slow to return.
 
The giant whales are an iconic part of winter on the islands and a source of income for tour operators. But officials at the Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary said they've been getting reports that the whales have been difficult to spot so far.
 
"This isn't a concern. But it's of interest. One theory was that something like this happened as whales increased. It's a product of their success," said Ed Lyman, a Maui-based resource protection manager and response coordinator for the sanctuary.
 
"What I'm seeing out there right now I would have expected a month ago," said Lyman, who was surprised by how few of the animals he saw while responding to a call about a distressed calf on Christmas Eve. "We've just seen a handful of whales."
 
It will be a while before officials have hard numbers because the annual whale counts don't take place until the last Saturday of January, February and March.  This is according to former sanctuary co-manager Jeff Walters.
 
"They don't necessarily show up in the same place at the same time every year," Walters said.
 
More than 10,000 humpback whales make the winter journey from Alaska to the warm waters off Hawaii to mate and give birth.
 
Lyman said the whales' absence could just mean they're spending more time feeding in northern waters. That's possibly because of El Nino disruptions or because their population has gone up.
 
"With more animals, they're competing against each other for that food resource, and it takes an energy of reserve to make that long migration over 2,000 miles," he explained.

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What is the impact of late-arriving whales?
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  • ashleer-
    1/08/2016 - 09:40 a.m.

    because if the whales arrive late, tourists won't come to see them and spend money

  • genevieveb-6-bar
    1/08/2016 - 10:35 a.m.

    The late-arriving whales are impacting society on Hawaii. In the middle of the article, it is stated that," More than 10,000 humpback whales make the winter journey from Alaska to the warm waters off Hawaii to mate and give birth" (paragraph 7). I'm sure this attracts even more tourists in Hawaii, which is a money-maker for hotels and resorts on the islands. The whales arriving late are impacting the annual income of Hawaiians , for less tourists are flocking to the islands to see them.

    I found this article interesting because I love to travel (especially to Hawaii), but rarely have I seen a whale off the shoreline.

  • fenixb-hor
    1/08/2016 - 11:49 a.m.

    The author wrote this article to inform the readers about the whales disapearence. Some whales are born in one area but that doesn't mean they have to stay there.

  • jair-612-
    1/08/2016 - 02:22 p.m.

    The cause of the impact That the late-arriving whales are having is that the whales are a source of income for tour operators and with no whales coming in in the holidays' break a lot of money could be gone. If the whales came during the holiday break it would have cause more money for the tour operators.
    I think that the tour operators will be willing to still make great income despite the whales arriving late. If the whales didn't come in a later time laps it could have an more money during the breaks in that month.

  • matthewp-6-bar
    1/08/2016 - 04:05 p.m.

    The impact of late-arriving whales are there will be less tourism because some people go to the islands to see whales.This will cause a loss of money for the islands and the whale watching companies.This is shown by,"Iconic part of winter on the islands and a source of income for tour operators." My opinion about this article is that I would be very worried if I was a tour operator.

  • kieranw-3-bar
    1/08/2016 - 04:06 p.m.

    The impact of the whales arriving late is less income to Hawaii. The whales coming to Hawaii on their every year journey for food and to mate allows Hawaii to charge more for fairy rides and whale watching so in the whales absence Hawaiian whale patrols are not able to make as much money.This article is interesting because it informs us about how important it is to the community that the whales make this important journey.

  • saray-hor
    1/10/2016 - 09:45 p.m.

    The authors purpose of writing this article is to inform us about what the whales do and where they come from. Also, to tell us that the whales go from place to place and don't go to that same spot every time they traveled. I learned that December usually marks the start of humpback season in Hawaii to mate and give birth. I thought that was interesting. I agree with the opinions in this article because the opinion in paragraph 6, it stated " They don't necessarily show up in the same place at the same time every time every year,". I agree with this because the whales move around and explore new things each year. In conclusion, the things I learned, and agree on opinions about the whales, I truely give my opinions and thoughts on what I had learned and explored on the whales!!

  • saray-hor
    1/11/2016 - 06:50 a.m.

    The authors purpose of writing this article is to inform us about what the whales do, where they come from, when do they come and to also tell us that the whales go from place to place and don't go to the same spot every time they traveled. I learned that December usually marks the humpback season in Hawaii to mate and give birth. I thought that was interesting. I agree with the opinions stated in this article. I agree with them because the opinion in paragraph six, it stated "They don't necessarily show up in the same place at the same time every year.". I agree with this opinion because the whales move around and explore new spots every year. In conclusion, the things I learned, and agree on opinions from this article, I truly give my opinions and thought on what I had learned about the whales!!

  • arlynns-nar
    1/11/2016 - 01:52 p.m.

    The impact of late-arriving whales is that tourists aren't seeing many whales. This may be caused by the El Nino disruptions or whales staying in the colder waters in Alaska for food. The whales will come back eventually to mate and give birth in the warm waters of Hawaii.

  • afrikab-ric
    1/11/2016 - 04:24 p.m.

    The impact on the late-arriving of whales is that they will have better food resources. The whole point of the whales arriving is that they are competing for food resources. You can also say migration too. It's not a bad thing that they are gone though, it's completely fine.

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