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Whale search continues

KOLOA — The entangled whale reported off the coast of Koloa Landing on Kauai’s south side is still evading responders, who have been searching for the animal since Sunday morning.

The last time the whale was spotted was on Monday morning, about a mile off-shore of Koloa Landing.

“There is no confirmed re-sighting of the entangled whale that we are aware of,” said Jean Souza, Kauai programs coordinator for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

The whale was first seen by Julie Gardner, a marine naturalist with Kauai Sea Rider Adventures, during a Sunday snorkel tour and reported to the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary’s entanglement response program.

Officials are particularly asking mariners to keep an eye out for the entangled whale.

The best way people can help is by reporting any sightings to the NOAA 24/7 response hotline: 1-888-256-9840.

Another way to report an entangled whale is to radio the U.S. Coast Guard on VHF CH. 16 and they will relay the report.

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