Seminar: Love Humpback Whales and Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins? Show Your Love by Having a Long Distance Relationship
A Hanauma Talk Seminar Series featuring an educational discussion about the life history and behaviors of humpback whales and spinner dolphins, as well as the best way to view these wild animals safely and legally.
The beautiful beaches and coastal waters of Hawaiʻi support an abundance of charismatic indigenous wildlife, including several species of dolphins and whales. Humpback whales and Hawaiian spinner dolphins, in particular, draw strong interest from both visitors and residents, but close encounters can disturb important behaviors and even cause harm. Learn from marine biologist Adam Kurtz why the best way to view these wild animals is from a safe distance (100 yards for humpback whales and 50 yards for dolphins)!
Adam, who is the Marine Wildlife Coordinator with NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands region, will spend the evening seminar highlighting:
- The life history and behaviors of humpback whales and spinner dolphins
- Positive and negative impacts of wildlife viewing
- Management strategies to minimize disturbance to these animals
- Wildlife conservation laws and regulations