Whale watchers see whale off Oahu's south shoreUPDATED 7:01 PM HST Jan 21, 2014Video Transcript
of a time off Oahu's south shore today. Whale watching tour guides for the Atlantis Navatek say they had the most successful tour this season. Spectators boarded the boat at the Aloha Tower piers for a two hour tour and say they got more than they bargained for. REBECCA MAGUIRE, MISSOURI VISITOR 13:33- 13:50: "IT WAS WONDERFUL. I MEAN...IT WAS LIKE THEY WERE SHOWING OFF JUST FOR US. WHEN THEY GOT SO CLOSE YOU REALIZE JUST HOW ENORMOUS THESE ANIMALS REALLY ARE." They saw about seven humpback whales in a very competitive pod... chin slapping, breeching, tail slapping and spy hopping. Activities whale naturalists record during each sighting. KRISTI LAYMAN WHALE NATURALIST: 12:07-12:11: "WE TAKE PICTURES OF THEIR FLUKES. THAT WAY WE CAN TAKE TRACK OF THE WHALES WE ARE SEEING FROM DAY TO DAY IN THE SEASON." Scientists say there are around 20 thousand whales in the ocean and around 10 to 12 thousand migrate down to Hawaii's warm waters to breed. Whale season started back in November and will end in May.