|Humpback Whale; picture from Wikipedia|
We've known for a long time that in late fall Humpbacks travel from the Alaska area to main Hawaiian islands, especially Maui. During their winter in Hawai`i, these whales do family things: mate, give birth and take care of little whales...and the mature males sing.
Now there's scientific evidence showing that maybe the whole Hawaiian archipelago, from the Big Island of Hawai`i all the way to Kure Atoll, is the site of one, big winter-time Humpback Whale "family reunion." In 2006 scientists began to see more whales around the small islands, atolls and coral reefs northwest of Honolulu. Hhhhmmmm, researchers from the Hawai`i Institute of Marine Biology, the Joint Institute for Marine & Atmospheric Research, as well as NOAA's Coral Reef Ecosystem Division decided to find out more. So, in 2008 they tuned their ears to listen for whale song.
|White circles show EAR locations; see reference below for source of map|
|spectrogram of a Humpback Whale song; see reference below|
I'm pretty sure this whale song from NOAA wasn't recorded at Midway. The mp3 is about 13 minutes long, but maybe you'd like to listen for awhile-- _____________________________________________________________________________
Lammers, M.O., Fisher-Pool, P.I., Au, W.W.L., Meyer, C.G., Wong, K.B., Brainard, R.E. (2011) Humpback whale Megaptera novaeangliae song reveals wintering activity in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 423:261-268.