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HONOLULU (Hawaii News Now) - The Department of Land and Natural Resources and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service are asking for boaters help this summer.

If you see a whale carcass floating in the water, notify authorities immediately.

"We're just trying to get a hold of those carcasses, be proactive and get a hold of those carcasses and get them out to sea as opposed to having them fall on land" said NOAA Project Manager David Schofield.

"When they do come to shore, they create a lot of challenges for communities, there's of course the smell, there's the removal logistics of it."

Sperm whale carcasses come to shore in peak numbers between May and August, which is why the agencies are asking anew for the public's vigilance.

"We don't know if there is a specific migration pattern that is causing them to come through the area and then when some die, they come ashore, or whether there is a specific breeding ground" added Schofield.

While boaters can have a sense of helping the community by reporting the carcasses, there is an added benefit to those who may be fishing at the time: whale carcasses improve fishing in the immediate area.

To report a whale or any marine mammal incident, please call USCG channel 16, or the NOAA marine mammal hotline at 1-888-256-9840.

 

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