HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary set up a modified ocean count due to COVID precautions for three Saturdays.

The dates are Jan. 29, Feb. 26, and March 26.

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The counting areas will be monitored by trained site leaders on Jan. 29.

Whether volunteers will be allowed to participate in the February and March count will be announced two weeks before. The decision will be based on several factors including safety, state, and county guidelines.

For more information on the Ocean Count project and how to support, please visit oceancount.org.

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The Great Whale Count by Pacific Whale Foundation on Maui has a modified program for 2022. More information on Pacific Whale Foundation’s Great Whale Count can be found at pacificwhale.org/research/community-science/ with additional information at mauiwhalefestival.org