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Whale carcass to be removed Wednesday

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The state has hired a contractor who plans to remove the carcass of a humpback whale from the beach in Punaluu Wednesday.

The carcass has been on the beach for three days stinking up the neighborhood and attracting flies and sharks.

There was talk of towing the dead animal back out to sea, but instead it will be scooped up and carried away.

"The state of Hawaii has contracted Cates International. They plan on bringing in an excavator tomorrow ... some heavy equipment ... bring in a large truck ... and we're just going to haul this thing ... probably get all the pieces off the beach ... and haul it away to a land fill (to be buried)," said David Nichols, Marine Conservation Specialist with the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The carcass has a long thin scar running up its side. It appears the scar may have been left by a rope or fishing line.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is sending pictures of the scar to an expert who will try to determine if the whale was tangled in marine debris before it died.

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