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Pilot whale death on Kauai being investigated

  • COURTESY ROBIN W. BAIRDA pilot whale swims off Hawaii island in 2010.
    COURTESY ROBIN W. BAIRD
    A pilot whale swims off Hawaii island in 2010.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is investigating why a pilot whale was found dead near Hanalei on Kauai’s north shore.

NOAA Fisheries Service spokeswoman Wende Goo said a team of veterinarians and support staff would arrive on Kauai to perform a necropsy on Friday.

Goo says it will take time to send specimens to a mainland laboratory for analysis. The agency doesn’t expect to have more information on the whale for at least several days.

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