Where Are the Whales? Experts Stumped By “Missing” Whales in Hawaii & Florida

Written by on January 6, 2016 in Environment, Wildlife with 19 Comments

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As explained in the video above, there is no cause for alarm yet, but experts are surprised and curious over the absence of the Alaskan whales that usually migrate to Hawaii by January.  Nature World News describes the humpback’s typical migratory pattern:

Each year thousands of humpback whales migrate upwards of 3,000 miles from Alaska to Hawaiian breeding grounds, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In order to travel such great distances – the farthest migration of any mammal, in fact – humpbacks spend summer months building up fat stores by filter-feeding on tiny crustaceans.

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Humpback whales are protected under the Endangered Species Act and federal law prohibits approaching within 100 yards of them by boat. Despite past population declines threatening the species, experts are not yet concerned about their slow arrival to Hawaii.

“They don't necessarily show up in the same place at the same time every year,” former sanctuary co-manager Jeff Walters said.

The whales may also be spending more time up north because of El Niño patterns and warmer waters or because their population has increased, experts say.

Interestingly, the same sort of thing is also happening in Florida.  Nature World News also described the situation there:

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Florida is not yet seeing its normal traffic of endangered North Atlantic right whales.  On the lower Atlantic coast of the United States, right whales usually make their way through by this time of year — but researchers think warmer weather in Florida is preventing the whales from venturing further south yet, according to anarticle in the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

But cooler weather is expected on the Florida coast soon. So far, only a few right whales were seen off a beach north of St. Augustine. Only one whale, a humpback, has been past Flagler Beach near Daytona Beach, which usually sees whales too by now.

Generally, the migrating right whale population that arrives along this coastline is thought to total around 510.

The “missing” whales are not late enough yet to create concern, but experts are certainly keeping a closer eye out for their arrival. And theories about their slow migration pattern are arising. The first is that warmer climate and waters are inviting the mammals to stay north longer or to live further north requiring further travel south.

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And the second theory is that as the whales are being protected more, their numbers are growing, which means more food hunting is needed and a slower, group migration south results.

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  1. 662652440479672@facebook.com' The Little Green Revolution says:

    fukushima year 5 coming up…

  2. 10208300356531590@facebook.com' Patrick Sommer says:

    Ahab’s back. With a vengeance.

  3. 1697685200488951@facebook.com' Sherry Woodhouse says:

    They are confused by global warming.

  4. 10153759741983168@facebook.com' Don Lilly says:

    They ve all been flushed down Fukushima toilets…..

  5. 969563326419535@facebook.com' Vicki Macoubrie says:

    They know something we don’t do you speak whale

  6. 1005114536194569@facebook.com' Karen Peters says:


  7. 1019649354724021@facebook.com' Phil Brownlow says:

    probably all killed by radiation.

  8. 677161089082794@facebook.com' Dlav Gaucher says:

    Yes we should be concerned..Absolutely!!

  9. 1063565703696291@facebook.com' Jeff Andrews says:


  10. 1667486343499644@facebook.com' LaDonna Bowen says:


  11. 10207218051882167@facebook.com' Graham Snowdon says:

    Fukushima melt down and it’s gradual death of the Pacific ocean.The results of bad science being in the wrong place.

  12. 1644675395749410@facebook.com' Raoul Duke says:

    uh haven’t showed to HI? not according 2 this vid(?) https://vimeo.com/150524511

  13. 981036178628129@facebook.com' Thane Chartrand says:

    Starts with Japan

  14. 10153407463717449@facebook.com' Sarc Mound says:

    Dead on the ocean floor. Hello fukushima. Not too mention how many washed ashore. I am willing to believe in a creator who guided the remaining to another pond like our own but without psychopaths running it. This place we call home is not what we think and very soon there will be no animal life. No trees. No living oceans and the humans who remain will be either renegade Mad Max types, slaves in mega cities or the wealthy. This will happen because no one wants to believe what is going on that everyone lets happen by inaction. The answer? You tell me.

  15. 10206045713960306@facebook.com' Thomas Chenhall says:

    Experts stumped by Fukushima blind-spot, preventing them from concluding anything.

  16. 470185079819312@facebook.com' David Middlemiss says:

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