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Posted on: Sunday, February 11, 2001

Maui events to focus on humpback whales

Advertiser Staff

KIHEI, Maui — The world of humpback whales is the subject of talks tomorrow and Tuesday.

The first focuses on "Hawaiian Humpbacks, the Alaska Connection." Fred Sharpe of the Alaska Whale Foundation will present slides, recorded sounds and other material describing the lives of whales after they leave Hawaiian waters and head north to summer feeding grounds.

The free lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Kihei Youth Center, 131 S. Kihei Road. For information, call (808) 661-8299.

Tuesday at 7 p.m., Whitlow Au of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawaii will discuss his research on how humpbacks are affected by a range of human-generated sounds, including underwater acoustic experiments associated with the government-sponsored Acoustic Thermometry of the Ocean Climate program. Au is recording and measuring the intensity of whale songs at selected locations around the Islands.

Au’s free talk will be at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary headquarters at 726 S. Kihei Road. For information, call (808) 879-2818.

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