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State says whale carcass attracting sharks

By Associated Press


PAHOA, Hawaii >> The state is warning the public to stay out of the waters off Pahoa where a decomposing whale carcass is attracting tiger sharks.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is posting shark warning signs within a mile of where the carcass was found Wednesday on the rocky shoreline in front of the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision.

Numerous sharks are actively feeding on the 50-foot-long sperm whale carcass in nearshore waters.

State and federal agencies are working with a private marine salvage company to remove the foul-smelling carcass. The public is warned to stay out of the water until three days after the carcass is removed.

Disturbing or tampering with the carcass is prohibited. Sperm whales are protected under federal and state law.

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livinginhawaii wrote:
Why is DLNR wasting taxpayer dollars on this? Let nature take its course - this is what sharks will feed on...
on August 24,2012 | 08:33AM
hilopango wrote:
Because of the idiots who will come if it's NOT taken away! DLNR just trying to save the state's butt from a lawsuit by the idiots.
on August 24,2012 | 01:09PM
Ronin006 wrote:
DLNR concluded it was the carcass of a sperm whale because it was found with a deposit book from the sperm bank.
on August 24,2012 | 01:52PM
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