Courtesy of Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. For more information from Molly Solomon about these whales, listen and read here.

The Hawaiʻian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary was created by the United States Congress in 1992 to protect humpback whales and their habitat in Hawaiʻi.

It is administered by the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS). The sanctuary is located from the shoreline to the 100-fathom isobath (600 foot depth) in the four island area of Maui; Penguin Bank; and off the north shore of Kauaʻi, the north and south shores of Oʻahu, and the north Kona and Kohala coast of Hawaiʻi Island.

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