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A Tongan Treat: 2017 Tonga Expedition Report

After two days, 6,000 miles, two flight schedule changes, and two aborted landings, I have arrived in the idyllic island cluster of Vava’u in the Kingdom of Tonga. I ask myself why I have come all this distance to see humpback whales when my own home, Hawaii, is host to larger numbers of these marine mammals every year. The proposition is that Tongan whales are very different from Hawaiian whales, in their behavior, as well as their appearance and their…...read more

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