CRITTER: Humpback whales are worth over $2 million each

Courtesy of Terry Lilley

A humpback whale is seen breaching outside of Hanalei Bay in February 2015.

Fifty years ago, almost 95 percent of the large whale species had been harpooned. There were very few if any humpbacks that came to Hawai‘i to give birth back a half century ago, but today there are thousands of these magnificent creatures that bless our shores.