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HONOLULU — A young humpback whale swimming off Maui has been freed of about 100 feet of line entangled in its mouth and flipper.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary coordinated the effort in partnership with local businesses and organizations, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the team cut off line that was wrapped around the whale's flipper and trailing about 50 feet (15 meters) behind it.

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Pōhaku, a 13-year-old female, passed away last Wednesday at the Marine Mammal Center's Ke Kai Ola facility on Hawaiʻi Island. She had been battling a parasitic disease known as toxoplasmosis.

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KAILUA-KONA — A record 48 Hawaiian monk seal pups were born in the main Hawaiian Islands in 2019, officials said.

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The Hawaiian monk seal population continues to grow, but researchers are increasingly concerned about a deadly disease that threatens the seals. Toxoplasmosis, a parasitic disease that is solely transmitted from cat feces, killed a seal last month and infected another.

NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team
NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

As 2019's hurricane season comes to a close, weather experts say it was an average year for the Central Pacific basin.

Photograph courtesy of David Liittschwager

Tiny bits of plastics are threatening fish nurseries in Hawaii, and likely around the globe. That's according to the latest study from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center.

According to the National Weather Service's outlook on the state's wet season, you can expect a "wetter than normal" winter this year.


Scientists suspect infection or disease may be why two pygmy whales stranded themselves last week on Maui's Sugar Beach. The two male mammals were euthanized after blood samples indicated they likely could not have survived in the wild.


Two More Stranded Whales Euthanized Near Maui Beach

Sep 24, 2019
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists euthanized two pygmy killer whales Tuesday after the mammals stranded themselves on Sugar Beach in Kihei, Maui. It's near where other whales beached themselves last month.

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CAPTAIN COOK, Hawaii — At the edge of an ancient lava flow where jagged black rocks meet the Pacific, small off-the-grid homes overlook the calm blue waters of Papa Bay on Hawaii's Big Island — no tourists or hotels in sight. Here, one of the islands' most abundant and vibrant coral reefs thrives just below the surface.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is monitoring six pygmy killer whales lingering off Sugar Beach in Kihei, Maui, the same beach where a different group of whales stranded themselves last month.

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Updated: Aug. 30, 6:59 a.m.

HONOLULU — Authorities on Thursday sedated and euthanized four small whales after 10 of the animals were stranded alive on Sugar Beach on Maui. One whale calf was also found dead about a mile north of the other melon-headed whales.


Hawaii scientists have started to prepare for a major coral reef bleaching event due to warmer-than-average ocean temperatures, officials said.

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A majority of Hawaii visitors are aware of the impact of sunscreen chemicals on coral, but there’s still work that needs to be done. That’s according to a new survey from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Scientists are using an established DNA technique to discover just what lives in the deep coral reefs of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Think of it as a CSI for marine ecosystems.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will set sail on the research vessel Oscar Elton Sette Tuesday to search the waters around the Hawaiian Islands for coral bleaching.

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Hawaiʻi's Kona crab fishery is healthy enough to expand the catch brought to market, according to an assessment by a federal marine science agency.

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The health crisis affecting killer whales in the Pacific Northwest continues to expand, with reports now that two more of the orcas, including a matriarch member of the dwindling pod who suffered two traumatic losses last year, are now starving.

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Hawaiian Hawk Delisting; Monk Seal Follow-up; NOAA Workshops; Skate Camps at Koōlina

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Artificial Intelligence has been used for everything from teaching computers to play chess to helping speed ride-sharing services on thei rway. And now one government agency is using it to track humpback whales in the Pacific.


What’s up with our humpback whales? That’s the question that started to be asked as reports began trickling in across the Pacific that maybe the numbers were smaller than in previous whale watching seasons. We talked to Ed Lyman with the NOAA’s National Marine Whale Sanctuary on Maui about what he was hearing and seeing out in the field.

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Last month, officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it fined three individuals for harassing a pod of spinner dolphins off Makua Beach on Oahu. Although the city was widely reported, NOAA officials felt the main takeaway slipped through the cracks.

Bytemarks Café: NOAA's New Digital Tools

Jul 4, 2018
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Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan will learn about how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is leveraging some new digital tools. They will find out how 3D printing helps to better understand corals and digital initiative to map Hawaiʻi's coastlines.


Biologists are seeking the public’s help in tracking green sea turtles in the state.

NWS Hurricane Outlook: Higher Than Normal

May 23, 2018
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Hurricane Season in Hawai’i officially starts next month and forecasters are expecting above normal activity. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

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Conservationists and researchers now have an estimation of how much fish is being caught from Hawaii’s near-shore reefs.

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A first-of-its-kind study of Hawaiʻi’s underwater cultural heritage has been completed. The vast inventory of shipwrecks and submerged aircrafts in Hawaiian waters serve as an underwater history museum waiting to be discovered. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.


Seven popular species of bottom fish are thriving in waters around the main Hawaiian Islands.

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Wikimedia Commons

A community meeting is planned about a proposed habitat protection area for False Killer Whales in the state.

Hawaii Marine Animal Response (HMAR).
Hawaii Marine Animal Response (HMAR).

On the Diamond Head end of Waikīkī, crowds of up to a hundred people have been reported along the boundaries set up on Kaimana beach to protect a monk seal and her pup.  The pup, born between June 27 and 28, is growing and getting stronger, prompting new and broader warnings from the Department of Land and Natural Resources.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.