Humpbacks arrive fashionably early off Kohala Coast

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fishers via AP file photo

The tail of a humpback whale flips out of the water off the coast of the Big Island in this undated photo.

KAILUA-KONA — Capt. Jeff Baker was ferrying a party of 29 snorkelers and four crew members up the Kohala Coast a little after noon on Sunday when he looked south over his shoulder and witnessed a familiar ocean spray.