UH-Hilo volunteers continue to tend ailing whale

HONOLULU (AP) - Volunteers from the University of Hawaii at Hilo continue to tend to a rare Blainville's beaked whale rescued on Maui earlier this month.

The 14-foot-long, 1,900-pound whale was reported in guarded condition Wednesday at the Hawaii Cetacean Rehabilitation Facility on the Big Island.

The whale was rescued Aug. 16 from South Maui and flown to the marine mammal hospital that opened in December.

Marine Mammal Response Coordinator David Schofield of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 15 to 20 volunteers are working around the clock to help save the whale.

Schofield says he's unsure of the whale's prognosis, in part, because it remains unwilling to eat solid food.

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