Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Fifth dead whale calf of the year, washes up onshore in Hawaii

Fifth dead whale calf of the year, washes up onshore in Hawaii, Wildlife marine officials were called to the scene of the fifth dead whale calf to wash onshore in Hawaii this year.

KITV 4-TV reported Tuesday (April 16) that the 13 to 15 foot long humpback whale calf, weighing between 2,500 to 3,000 pounds, was found washed up on Oahu's North Shore at Kahuku Point at around 6:30 a.m. local time.

The male calf, estimated to be about two to six weeks old, was found by a fisherman, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Federal, state and city officials were hoping to deliver the dead calf to Hawaii Pacific University where a necropsy could be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

However, the carcass had to be released at sea shortly after being removed from the reef at 2:15 p.m. local time, when tiger sharks began feeding on the carcass as it was being towed to a nearby harbor.

This is the fifth dead humpback whale calf found washed up in Hawaii. Two washed ashore in January and another two washed up in February.

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