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Zeroing in on seasonal visitor

February 11, 2014
The Maui News
This male humpback breeched about a mile off Kihei on Monday morning. Robert and Ellen Raimo are avid whale watchers from their two-person rowboat and get maybe five chances a year at a breech shot, they said. This was their third opportunity of the season. The Raimos, who retired to Maui about a decade ago, spend three to four hours a day on the water. They are always mindful of federal laws protecting humpback whales, which makes it illegal to approach the whales closer than 100 yards. Robert Raimo said having a good camera with a long lens and a stabilizer makes it easy to get up-close-and-personal photos of the marine mammals while maintaining a safe distance. Humpback whales visit Hawaiian waters each year from November to May, with the peak of the season being from January to March, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary website said.


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