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Posted: Thursday, January 31st, 2013 9:08 AM HST

3 reports of whale-vessel collisions

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Federal officials are investigating three reports of vessels colliding with whales in less than 24 hours off the coast of Maui and the Big Island.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser says that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that two of the collisions occurred off Maui. The other involved a whale on Tuesday flipping a canoe in waters off Keauhou on the Big Island.

NOAA official David Schofield says one of the Maui collisions involved a whale calf about a half-mile off Lahaina Harbor at 4:40 p.m. Tuesday. He says blood was seen in the water after the collision.

Schofield says the other collision was on Wednesday and involved a whale out of Maalaea Harbor. People reported the whale sustained three propeller slashes. The wounds did not appear life-threatening.

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