Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Beaked whale dies at Hawaii Cetacean Rehabilitation Facility

NOAA Fisheries Service reports that the Blainesville Beaked Whale rescued Aug. 16 off Maui died at 1:50 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29 despite valiant efforts by staff and volunteers.

Although the whale was listed in “stable but guarded” condition and survived almost two weeks at the UH-Hilo Hawaii Cetacean Rehabilitation Facility no beaked whale has ever survived to the point where it could be released back into the wild.

A necropsy of the sub adult male was performed late Sunday and revealed the whale suffered from moderate pneumonia, severe gastrointestinal disease, kidney disease and deteriorating body condition.

source: http://www.hawaii247.com/2010/08/30/beaked-whale-dies-at-hawaii-cetacean-rehabilitation-facility/

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