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Fin Whale Sighting North of Kaua'i, Hawai'i

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Title:Fin Whale Sighting North of Kaua'i, Hawai'i
Authors:Mobley, J.R.
Smultea, M.
Norris, T.
Weller, D.
Date Issued:Apr 1996
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Citation:Mobley JR, Smultea M, Norris T, Weller D. 1996. Fin whale sighting north of Kaua'i, Hawai'i. Pac Sci 50(2): 230 - 233.
Abstract:A rare fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) sighting occurred on
26 February 1994 during an aerial survey of waters north of the Hawaiian
island of Kaua'i. The sighting occurred ca. 24 nm north of Makaha Point, at
220 31.5' N, 1590 44.5' W. The fin whale was accompanied by an adult humpback
whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) during the entire 25 min of observation.
Fin whales are not unknown in Hawaiian waters, but the most recent confirmed
sighting on record for Hawaiian waters was 16 February 1979.
Pages/Duration:3 pages
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 50, Number 2, 1996

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