After Dark in the Park Video Archives - June 22 2010
Helping Humpback Whales
In the shallow warm waters surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary constitutes one of the world's most important humpback whale habitats. Through education, research, and resource protection, the sanctuary strives to protect humpback whales and their habitat in Hawai`i. Marine debris, especially rope, presents a threat to whales. Justin Viezbicke, the Hawai`i Island Programs Coordinator for the sanctuary discusses 2010's whale disentanglement season and shares unique videos and photographs of Sanctuary staff helping free these whales in distress.
Did You Know?
During the 1800's, vast quantities of fragrant sandalwood were the first major export of the Hawaiian Islands. The trade nearly caused the extinction of `iliahi or sandalwood (Santalum paniculatum).