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Sharks delay plans to remove whale carcass off Turtle Bay

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:04 p.m. HST, Apr 16, 2013

The arrival of sharks canceled state and federal officials’ plans today to tow a newborn humpback whale carcass ashore and find out the cause of its death off the North Shore.

Federal officials Tuesday planned to have the dead whale calf towed from the rocks off Kahuku Point to Hale­iwa Harbor, from where they wanted to transport it to Hawaii Pacific University’s Hawaii Loa Campus for a necropsy.

But David Schofield, federal Marine Mammal Health and Response Program manager, said that in waters northwest of Wai­mea, sharks began feeding on the whale.

Officials aboard a state enforcement patrol boat making the tow let the calf go rather than taking it to Hale­iwa Harbor, where surfers and canoe paddlers are involved in activities.

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