Beached Whales in Maui Were Fighting Infection

WAILUKU, MAUI (Ben Caxton) — Scientists who examined the remains of whales who beached themselves on Maui last month say they animals may have been fighting an infection. According to reports in the Maui News, the adult males discovered on Sugar Beach had inflamed lymph nodes. The same disease was also found in pygmy killer whales that stranded themselves on the same beach a month earlier. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration believes the marine mammals were all afflicted elsewhere though and that there is no toxic contamination in the waters where they were eventually stranded. They added that the infection was likely fatal and the whales would not have survived back at sea.

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