Have lunch with whales, learn disentanglement techniques

For those interested in watching whales from shore, this whale season’s first Brown Bag with Whales event will be held today from 11 a.m. to noon at the Ahukini State Recreational Pier past Lihu‘e Airport.

Participants will learn about humpback whales from experienced volunteers with the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

A view scope and educational materials will be available.

No reservations are required.

A second Brown Bag with Whales is scheduled for Feb. 24 at the same location and same time.

Participants are welcome to bring a lunch and whale watch. The event is free and open to the public.

The brown bag events are co-sponsored by officials with the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of State Parks.

Later in the day today, one of the nation’s experts on the disentanglement of large whales will be presenting a free public lecture from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lihu‘e Public Library meeting room.

Ed Lyman, marine mammal rescue manager with the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, has been involved with the disentanglement of more than 50 humpback whales and right whales in Hawai‘i, the East Coast, and Alaska, since 1996.

Topics will include disentanglement methods, stories behind the headlines on some of the disentanglement efforts, and increased capability in Hawai‘i.

This lecture is free.

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