Necropsy finds 5 fish hooks in dolphin in Hawaii

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Necropsy finds 5 fish hooks in dolphin in HawaiiThis Oct. 12, 2013 photo taken in Kaneohe, Hawaii and provided by Hawaii Pacific University shows five fish hooks found inside the stomach of a dead false killer that washed ashore at South Point a week earlier. Scientists are still trying to determine why the animal, a member of a small population of dolphins declared endangered last year, died. (AP Photo/Hawaii Pacific University,Erin Hanahoe ) (Credit: AP)

HONOLULU (AP) — A rare dolphin found dead on a remote Hawaii beach earlier this month swallowed five fish hooks, but they apparently didn’t cause its death.

A necropsy of the dolphin — called a false killer whale — showed the hooks were floating in its stomach.

Hawaii Pacific University professor Kristi West said Thursday the hooks weren’t embedded in the stomach lining and there’s no evidence they caused the dolphin’s death.

Scientists are still trying to determine why the false killer whale died.

Several kinds of hooks were found in its stomach. None were circle hooks recently adopted by Hawaii longline fishermen to prevent accidental dolphin hookings.

The adult male was one of a small population of false killer whales living near Hawaii that was declared endangered last year.

The dolphin was found Oct. 5 at South Point on the Big Island.

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