Great Whale Count

Great Whale Count The Great Whale Count will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2017. 

Registration for the 2017 event is now available online.

If you have any questions, please contact our research department: or 808-856-8305

Check out 2016 results here >

Over 100 citizen scientists worked with Pacific Whale Foundation researchers on Saturday, February 27, 2016 to record a total of 732 humpback whale sightings off the coast of Maui, including 83 calves. This was significantly fewer sightings than the 2015 count, which recorded 1,488 whales (99 of which were calves).

Pacific Whale Foundation has undertaken the Great Whale Count for the past 28 years. It is one of the world’s longest running cetacean projects involving citizen-scientists.

Citizen science is becoming a widespread tool for ecological and environmental monitoring, engaging members of the public, and promoting environmental stewardship. This systematic counting method allows us to monitor changes in humpback whale sightings from year to year and provides a valuable long-term snapshot of Hawaii’s humpback whale population.



The Great Whale Count Site Location Map