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

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1996-04
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Mobley, J.R.
Smultea, M.
Norris, T.
Weller, D.
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University of Hawaii Press
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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.
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Mobley JR, Smultea M, Norris T, Weller D. 1996. Fin whale sighting north of Kaua'i, Hawai'i. Pac Sci 50(2): 230 - 233.
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