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Humpback whale calf injured after vessel collision in south Maui waters

A humpback whale in Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Credit: Jason Moore/HIHWNMS/NOAA.

NOAA received a report of a vessel colliding with a humpback whale in south Maui waters on Wednesday.

Personnel with NOAA’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary responded to the reported location and observed a live humpback calf that had injuries that were consistent with a vessel collision.

The calf was accompanied by an adult humpback whale, which NOAA presumed to be its mother.  

The incident is currently under investigation by NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement.  

NOAA is reminding the public to follow their guidelines for whale protection and human safety.

They are also asking the public to report any vessel-whale collisions and other marine animal emergencies.

This story will be updated as details become available.



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