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Three whale-vessel strikes reported in 24-hour period here

By Gary T. Kubota

LAST UPDATED: 08:52 p.m. HST, Jan 30, 2013

Federal conservation officials are looking into reports of three whale-vessel collisions in less than a 24-hour period off Hawaii island and Maui.

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration official said that in addition to a whale flipping a one-man outrigger canoe off West Hawaii Tuesday afternoon, two whale-vessel collisions are being investigated on Maui.

One of the collisions involved a whale calf about a half-mile off Lahaina Harbor at 4:40 p.m. Tuesday, and blood was seen in the water after the collision, NOAA official David Schofield said today.

Schofield, speaking at a news media conference this afternoon, said the other collision involved a whale about a mile out of Maalaea Harbor at about 6:30 a.m. today.

Officials said after the collision in Maalaea, people saw a whale with three slash-like wounds swimming in the vicinity with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Schofield said he did not have details at this time about the speed of the vessels involved in the accidents on Maui, or if the vessels were at fault.

The whale-canoe strike about a quarter-mile off Keauhou was reported at about 2:16 p.m. Tuesday.

The canoe paddler, a 60-year-old resident, swam toward shore and was picked up by a tour boat. He suffered cuts on his arms from jagged ends of his broken canoe, but was not seriously hurt.

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eoe wrote:
Were any of the Maui whale strikes PWF boats?
on January 30,2013 | 02:57PM
Waterman2 wrote:
The most likely suspects.
on January 30,2013 | 03:50PM
philprickett wrote:
What can be done to prevent such collisions?
on January 30,2013 | 03:17PM
Get rid of the whales-nah-nah.
on January 30,2013 | 05:08PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
We have to get rid of all these whales before somebody gets hurt.
on January 30,2013 | 03:50PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Start enforcing the federal protection distance that whale tours and tourist are breaking.
on January 30,2013 | 04:04PM
8082062424 wrote:
people need to stay clear of them, the ocean is there home not ours. and they are protected
on January 30,2013 | 04:05PM
I believe the ocean, land, air was created to belong to whoever and whatever exists on our planet, but you would be correct in your statement to stay clear.
on January 30,2013 | 05:11PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
We may have to nuke them from orbit.
on January 30,2013 | 05:46PM
64hoo wrote:
environmentalist who go whale watching probably hit the whales enviros.. 10 superferry 0
on January 30,2013 | 10:31PM
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