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Decomposing whale carcass is found off Hawaii island

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    A dead whale washes ashore near Hawaiian Beaches on Hawaii island.
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PAHOA, Hawaii >> Fire officials say the decomposing carcass of a whale has been spotted off the east coast of Hawaii island.

The fire department was alerted by someone on shore Wednesday of something large floating in the water about a mile off the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision.

A fire helicopter flew over and confirmed it was a 40- to 50-foot-long whale carcass.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been contacted.

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