Shore re­opens with car­cass gone

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL -

State of­fi­cials have re­opened a stretch of shore­line on Maui af­ter the re­mains of a dead hump­back whale dis­ap­peared from view.

The Ahihi Kinau Nat­u­ral Area Re­serve on Maui’s south­west coast was re­opened Fri­day af­ter it was closed Dec. 30 when the dead whale washed ashore.

Of­fi­cials from the Depart­ment of Land and Nat­u­ral Re­sources closed the area be­cause car­casses of­ten at­tract sharks to the near-shore wa­ters.

The agency says in a state­ment that the car­cass is essentially no longer de­tectable be­cause of shark and fish feed­ing as well as tidal wave ac­tion.

Of­fi­cials warn there could still be in­creased shark ac­tiv­ity in the area be­cause some re­mains could be in the wa­ter and out of sight.

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