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Presentations focus on 2019-20 whale season

A whale breaches after a sanctuary-led response team frees it from a life-threatening entanglement. -- NOAA photo

NOAA’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Kihei will host a pre-whale season brief from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at 726 S. Kihei Road.

The sanctuary will provide presentations about the upcoming 2019-20 whale season, along with displays and demonstrations of equipment used in humpback research, monitoring and disentanglement.

Marc Lammers, sanctuary research coordinator, will discuss trends, vessel surveys, tagging, shore station work and results from the last whale season.

Ed Lyman, sanctuary natural resource specialist, will talk about health, risk monitoring, and the sanctuary’s large whale entanglement response efforts. Both presenters will take questions from the audience.

The public is invited; admission is free. For more information, call (808) 879-2818.