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NOAA still looking into stranding of whales in Merizo

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As the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration investigates the incident involving the stranding of three beaked whales off waters in Merizo, Marine Mammal Health and Response Program manager David Schofield tells KUAM News that "at this point in the investigation NOAA can only confirm one beaked whale stranded, but is investigating the reports that two animals may have been pushed off the reef. At this point in the stranding investigation NOAA cannot speculate on whether there was only one animal observed multiple times or more than one animal."

He further states that tissue samples will be sent to Honolulu and the mainland for analysis and results from all the analyses may take several months. A determination of the final cause of death or the contributing causes of death may take longer and will involve additional environmental data, with Schofield saying that NOAA is working with the US Navy to determine if any sonar activity was occurring in the area and regardless of any perceived cause of the stranding event, NOAA and partners conduct examinations and investigations.

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