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Hawaii receives grant to study false killer whales

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Researchers in Hawaii have received nearly $1.2 million in federal grant funding to study the elusive false killer whale.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that the Department of Land and Natural Resources, in partnership with Hawaii Pacific University and the Olympia, Washington-based Cascadia Research Collective received the 3-year grant last week from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association fisheries division.

The Species Recovery grant will support conservation and research related to the whales, which have been listed as endangered in Hawaii since 2012. It is estimated there are about 150 to 200 living around the main islands. The grant will help researchers tag the whales.

The DLNR has received similar NOAA grants for monk seal and sea turtle recovery programs since 2007. This year's grant will help support those efforts.

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