The tourist season starts

First humpback whale of the season sighted off Hawaii island

The first confirmed sighting this season of a humpback whale in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary was made Monday off Hawaii island, federal officials reported.

Sea Quest tour captain Tony Roensch witnessed Monday two tail slaps from a humpback whale yearling in Honaunau Bay, the first confirmed whale sighting in the sanctuary this season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said today.

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