Baby humpback whale injured in Hawaii waters

Bernadette Carreon – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Hawaii, United States (4E) – Fishery crews with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are responding to a whale that’s trapped in the reef in waters off east Oahu in Hawaii.

According to Hawaii television news, a baby humpback whale was badly injured.

The animal was spotted by a local fisherman at about 4 p.m. at Kawaikui Beach Park near Aina Haina.

By the time NOAA officials arrived, the animal was no longer entangled, but officials added that it sustained cuts and contusions all over the body.

The baby whale is about 15 feet long and weighs up to 3,000 pounds. NOAA looked for the whale’s mother, but she had abandoned her baby.

NOAA officials added that baleen whales like don’t usually do well in rehabilitation, taking it to a facility is probably not an option, adding that ” let nature take its course and have it perish on its own, or potentially, euthanasia.

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