2 #whales killed after stranding on a beach in #Maui, #Hawaii, #USA

NOAA / PERMIT 18786
                                A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration team responded Tuesday morning to reports of two stranded pygmy killer whales. The whales were part of a pod of six that NOAA had been monitoring at Maalaea Bay since Sept. 13.

NOAA / PERMIT 18786

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said two pygmy killer whales were euthanized after stranding this morning on a shore near Sugar Beach on Maui due to illness.

A NOAA team responded early this morning to reports of the two stranded, adult pygmy killer whales. These two whales were part of a pod of six that NOAA had been monitoring at Maalaea Bay since Sept. 13.

They are, however, not the six whales that were refloated back to sea from an earlier Aug. 29 incident, based on dorsal fin identification, according to David Schofield, NOAA’s regional marine mammal response coordinator.

“After veterinary assessment, including blood tests, the whales were humanely euthanized,” NOAA said in a statement. “Their bodies will be flown to Oahu for post mortem examination by the University of Hawaii Stranding Lab. We continue to monitor four other pygmy killer whales that are milling close to shore in the same area.”

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