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Beached Maui whale suffered from pneumonia

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KAHULUI, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Scientists have confirmed that a whale that beached itself on Maui Christmas day was very sick.

A necropsy completed early Friday morning found that the female dwarf whale was emaciated and suffering from pneumonia. Scientists also discovered ulcers on several of the animal's organs and a few bite marks from cookie-cutter sharks.

There was also a surprise during their testing. Scientists discovered that the whale was pregnant.

More virus tests are underway and are expected to take a few weeks to complete.


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