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Whale carcass washes ashore in Puna

Courtesy: NOAA Fisheries Service Courtesy: NOAA Fisheries Service

BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - A whale carcass on the Big Island has washed ashore a second time.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the dead whale is currently in Kapoho.

Officials believe it's the same whale that showed up partially submerged against the Hilo breakwater March 6.

They say, the carcass now is in an inaccessible part of the beach making it difficult to remove.

"It's either going to stay there until it naturally breaks down or there's a high tide that's coming up this weekend. Maybe it will refloat and go back out to sea," said David Schofield of the NOAA Fisheries Service.

Schofield advises the public to stay away from the carcass because it could carry disease and attract sharks.

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