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Dead whale calf washes up on Oahu's North Shore

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Courtesy: DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) Courtesy: DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE)
KAHUKU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A dead whale calf washed up on Oahu's North Shore Tuesday.

Officials from the Department of Land and Natural Resources say the carcass of the humpback whale calf washed ashore at Kahuku point.

The calf was 13 to 15 ft. long, between 2,500 to 3,000 lbs. and estimated to be about two to six weeks old.

Federal, State and County agencies worked together to remove the carcass by towing it four miles out to sea and releasing it. The carcass was inaccessible by heavy equipment because it was located on a rocky shoreline.

Sharks feeding on the carcass made it unsafe to tow to a nearby harbor for retrieval for necropsy studies.

A fisherman reported the whale at about 6:30 a.m.

This is the fifth dead whale calf to wash ashore in Hawaii this year.

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